1. Have you had someone in your clan die, and how did it happen and what do you think about it?
As a leader, I've counselled suicidal members before - including one instance where I had to make multiple calls to their local police in the early hours of the morning to ensure their safety.
I've seen various instances of death - an old clanmate lost both his parents in a car crash, and in early WG history we had a member reportedly die from leukemia (and held an in-game funeral for him, 2005).
But as far as I'm aware, we haven't had any actual suicides.
2. What do you feel about suicide? and is this clanworld a place for people who suffer from depression?
This sort of applies to the whole game, and maybe the internet itself by extent.
It's a very harsh place - one in terms of the usual flaming/kys stuff, and the second in terms of actual behaviour.
Consider the recent fights topics where clans like RoT and CT are making billions per night - via items which other players weren't expecting to lose.
I don't think what happens in RuneScape will ever be enough to drive someone to suicide, but it can definitely build up on top of existing real-world issues and potentially become a contributing factor.
As for RSC clans, we're mostly adults so it's not a huge issue for us personally - we can handle the banter and are usually smart enough to not get maced/skulltricked/etc.
But it's worth remembering that RS is a children's game, and those are two on a long list of threats to any new blood coming into the clan world.
3. What can we do as a member of a clan to make clanning a safe environment for everyone?
I personally don't subscribe to the idea of safe spaces.
People are assholes, and there are two ways of dealing with this.
A: Accept this fact and try and deal with it
This is my personal approach - controlled exposure, and let people adapt to the environment.
Teach your members not to get lured/smited, and to see the flaming for what it is - a battle tactic intended to demoralise.
I'm also not a fan of suicide hotlines - I think people in that position should prioritise speaking to someone who already has meaning in their lives, and clanmates are on that list.
Everyone - not just leaders - should be prepared to deal with clanmates who end up anywhere between depressed and suicidal.
That's really all we can do - take care of our own, and maybe offer that support outside of our clans if we happen to be nice enough.
or B: try and stop people from being assholes.
Prior to the existence of a clan known as nMe, this was actually a fairly universal thing.
If we want to recreate that clan world, then the honour code needs to come back, and Zybez in particular needs to enforce it religiously.
Of course, I'm not sure how well that will work given that RoT has been the undisputed #1 for several years.
Perhaps we just need a single anti-RoT clan that can knock them off their throne, and thus shape the clan world to a new standard.
I therefore recommend that anyone who is interested in this approach should make it a priority to join an honourable clan like WG.