Most people don't even enter the top raids, let alone finish them before the next raid is opened, let alone get all of the items they need.
I don't see why not, it's easy to find good guilds. Even my alliance/alt servers were invited to various different big guilds by people I met while leveling them.
As a guild, it's completely different to progress with them,
Just to clarify, they didn't help me get to 80 at all because they were busy with runs/PvP, just gear up once I got there (by bringing me to runs they were doing anyways).
I'd say closer to 5-6 months,
new content is released every 3-4 months, if it wasn't possible to fully gear a large guild in a 1-2 month time frame, then I would have had more competition for gear that I got by being "carried" at the end of a update cycle.
If you didn't enjoy the game, that's fine. Just try to be a little more objective in your critique, ya?
How about this then: I greatly enjoyed WoW for the first 2months I played, then I realized I had geared myself to the point where I was putting out the same numbers or better than people who had been playing for 5 years. There is no real overall progression at all. I got bored running the same 25man every week, regeared myself for protection when our main tank was out of town (not total BiS but pretty close to it in two weeks and I was running things while they were gone so there was no "being carried"), got bored of that in 2 weeks, leveled multiple other jobs, enjoyed learning the new mechanics for a short time (particularly DK), then got bored of them and gave my account/gear away to friends.
So here is my objective criticism: of all my minor nitpicks and annoyances with WoW (and don't get me wrong, I have plenty for FFXI too) the absolute worst thing I think
Blizzard has done is implement the "new update, everything you have is now worthless, all the events you learned to do masterfully are now worthless, have fun grinding this new dungeon over and over till next update". People are still
doing dyna/sky in FFXI, rather than just replacing
all the old content every couple of months, SE adds
new and interesting stuff while keeping the old events relevant, it's a much better system IMO.
God WoWites are zealous.