Rules - the short of it
The short form of the rules is: "be nice to people". All people. People you know or don't know. People of different races, religions, beliefs. Men and women. Try not to say stuff that will offend others, apologize if you offend others.
However, the rules go beyond that, in that rules provide guidelines to deal with touchy situations, and describes better what is included in "being nice" as people can differ on what they classify as nice or not. It also gives you freedoms, for example you don`t have to take someone in your group if you don`t want to (but you have to let them know nicely).
When members break rules, we make a simple decision. If we think you can be corrected, we always prefer that alternative. New members often need a bit of time to adjust to our rules. However, if we have reason to believe that the problem cannot be resolved, you are out.
Linkies: for inductees, for members, for our alliance: GWO.
Application - process and perks
Applications are best done in our thread in the "Guild and Alliance Recruitment" section:
The application process is more for getting to know each other. Most of the time, the process itself is a painless formality. Hi, welcome, here's the bacon. Some members opt out of the forum presence, which makes keeping track of members more difficult. However, forum membership is really more for members. Here's a few reasons members should have a forum account:
1) it gives us a way to contact you, and vice-versa
2) it makes it easier to coordinate events or outings, e.g. elite areas
3) members get access to Dii private forum, e.g. GvG strategies, PvE help, guild only lotteries
4) members get access to alliance-wide forums, e.g. special events
5) it is the only way to participate in votes, e.g. new guild hall, new cape, new members, rules
The alliance and you
The alliance is an extended family. I like to encourage forming groups in alliance-chat (provided it doesn't get spammy). It certainly helps in finding more people to group with. The relationship extends further than just grouping for common goals... but this is something better experienced than explained.
The Guilds within the GWO alliance are not in competition for members. Should you find that you have more friends in another Guild within the alliance, speak to your Guild leader to arrange for a transfer. Keep in mind that you'll still be part of the same family afterall.