Beware the Eedies!
In most recruiting situations, I recommend asking potential members to fill out an application. However, there are exceptional circumstances when you may want to forgo a formal application process. In the early stages of a new guild, your community is still unproven. Members who are joining you at this stage are making a leap of faith. It may be asking too much to have them fill out an application when they're doing you a favor just by joining up.
Small, intimate guilds may prefer other methods of applying to the guild. For example, if they accept very few new members, they may find the application process too impersonal. They will opt instead for a joint play session or a one-on-one interview.
Regardless of how you screen your ...