I'm trying really hard to stop replying, but I can't help it. I'll try to keep this one short and clipped.
However, it is a mistake for some. The Temerity website boasts about how few people leave Temerity, but it does not mention how many people apply to Temerity and then in the next two months quit the game. I can name you four people who left the Horde this year, applied to Temerity and then left the game. That is just one guild in one year. For this reason, I think our server guild membership imbalance hurts our server population.
Actually these cases you speak of are some of the exact same ones backing my point about the progression-minded stuck in the lower-tier guilds. I was friends with a few of these guys you mention, and I can tell you for sure that in at least one case the primary reason for quitting the server was the stress and guilt about having left Horde (and it being reinforced all the time by running into other former members, and those peoples' new attitudes towards them), rather than anything to do with Tem. I don't know for sure on the rest, I haven't been back that long anyways and wasn't around for an exit interview or anything.
But on the whole, Temerity is a friendly, casual guild full of really nice, capable, mature players who aim to work together as best we can to achieve a long term common goal of progression. I get sick of seeing misinformed people level baseless veiled accusations at the guild. It's old. It's like everyone who has ever played EQ has it implanted in their brains that the top guild on every server is full of assholes lacking souls. That may have been largely true on PC servers in many instances, but it's not true here. I've met a few assholes on this server over time, but there wasn't any solid pattern to what guild tag they were carrying. I wouldn't be here if our guild was full of jerks.
Please tell me how I am misinformed. I was a Temerity applicant for almost two months and I know my experience while an applicant and I know the effect it had on me. The process did have its good parts; it was not all bad. But in the end, my feelings about it did cause me to leave the game. Also please point out when I have stated Temerity is full of assholes lacking souls. I hope you are not attempting to have people believe I ever said or even implied such a thing.
If you had a bad experience as an applicant to Temerity, we could hash that out as a separate thread somewhere. Here or over on the Term boards, your choice. Most of us made it through the application process fine though. It's not really grueling or anything, and there's usually a number of bored boxers outside raid times to help with lower-end keying/flagging issues. I have no idea about your application, since I wasn't around at the time.