I have received this question a few times both here on Tumblr and via our official guild email address (email@example.com), so I figured I would answer it so people understand why our recruitment process was designed like this.
First, I should note that our recruitment process for raiders is slightly different than our recruitment process for role players or social members. Our guild rules and personal conduct policies are the same for all members, of course, but each division leader within Coram Populo sets their own rules and policies for the activities, groups, teams, and events that fall within their jurisdiction. As such, Tellara Evensong, our PvE Division Leader, approves all prospective members who wish to become part of our raid team or participate in PvE-related activities.
Second, I should note that our recruitment methods and strategies, much like World of Warcraft (and the Internet) itself, have changed over the years so that we may best adapt to the current state of affairs in-game and our own needs. For example, years ago, it was much more common for role play guilds to require prospective role players to submit lengthy applications on a guild website or guild forum in addition to availing themselves for an IC and OOC interview with guild officers before they were considered for membership. These days, it is hard to simply get people to go to a guild forum and sign up for an account, much less a writing sample.
I’ll try to answer each aspect of your questions as best I can, but since my overall response will most likely become fairly lengthy, I’m going to put it under a “read more” tag.
PLEASE NOTE: The recruitment methods and strategies employed by Coram Populo are just that, the methods and strategies employed by Coram Populo. Each guild is unique and so is each guild leader and officer corps. What works for one guild might not work for another guild. If you are a guild leader, do what works for you!