Originally posted by MissOleum
A playing clan is a team of individuals, who play other matched teams to earn points for their team.
A private forum clan or non-playing clan is a group of friends who chat among themselves, and also line up on one side of a verbal duel with a similar group.
A club is a group of friends who chat among themselves and also earn points for their club ...[text shortened]... t looks likely to interfere with the clan system if not destroy it altogether.
I thought that clubs didn't play against other clubs? As far as I can see the main purpose of a club is to have its own rating system, which is independent of the main site ratings, and club members can only get a club rating by playing members of the same club.
In Russ's initial post in the Clubs consultation thread, he wrote the following:
Q : Isn't this just like a super-sized clan?
A : No, clans compete against each other, that is not the purpose of a club.
Therefore it seems that one of the main purposes of clubs is to get away from the excessive competitive nature of clans. Instead of playing exciting matches, trying to rack up points for your clan, club members are more interested in playing friendly games and having pleasant chats with their club mates, not worrying about their ratings, because after all, club ratings are fairly meaningless.
Over time this should have a knock on effect of calming everyone down, making us nicer, less competitive individuals. Problems such as cheating, harassment and flaming will disappear because in the Club Land utopia, nothing bad ever happens.