Forcing the leader to type out the spiel for the newcomer is better than expediting the process with VC is better how, exactly?
When I infer to prep work, I don't mean 10 minutes before you're going in. You only need to type your group's preferred strategy once. Maybe you'll have to go and revise things now and then as discoveries are made by your group or others (possibly even criticisms), but such being super drastic performance increases might be, I dare say, rare. I assume you'll be having an app process. In turn, there's also approval. When you tell the guy, "Hey, you're in." just add a "Now, go read this..." That's where my crack at being a good minion came in. You'll find out one way or the other if they can follow directions. Bonus points if you can add pictures.
Forget VC for a second. If you're in an endgame group that I'm responsible for leading and you're complaining about time spent reviewing strategy, I'd suggest that you sit tight and endure it or leave. If you're fine with just diving in and having people learn on the fly, either the game you're playing is disturbingly simple, you're sharing a group with world-class players, or you simply need to accept that a great many people prefer to invest a little extra time setting themselves up for success by getting everyone on the same page. Not every group is going to follow a strategy pulled from the web to the letter. Good leaders who know their groups will tweak and adjust to suit the strengths and weaknesses of a group.
My point with instruction was you're not accomplishing anything different. Cumulatively, you're using up more time in the long run voicing every time than just writing up a post or guide for those to browse at their leisure. If I'm living in an anti-social bubble, then I also find your lack of faith in those you're leading disheartening. This is basically a rehash of my point on personal job/class knowledge and status assessment comes into play. You want to be able to crack the whip faster when they fall out of line. I'm not expecting perfection, either, but to be honest, a good leader has people trained on how to react before they even have to tell them.
At which point does it change from being a tool to ease the leading process to compensating for a leader's inability to plan ahead? Are we overestimating MMO difficulty? Underestimating the people we run with? Both? I could add more questions, and they'd possibly even cross the line into flame bait, but your pros have yet to outweigh my cons, no matter how much you downplay their presence or paint me the social miscreant.
Edited, Feb 18th 2010 7:19am by Seriha