new to this so basic question up front. what are the pros of donating? Do I loose troops when I donate? I notice some folks in the clan don't donate and others are more generous. is the idea to fill your own castel with donated troops?
Most clans want you to be active so if you donate to your clan, they're more inclined to donate to you. You do lose troops, you can literally see your troops walking out of your screen :P but you can easily train more. Troops will come out to defend when someone is attacking you or you can deploy your troops in battle, they are pretty useful, good for defending and raiding. It's just like 'I scratch your back, you scratch mine' if you donate, they will donate to you too:)
I would recomend always donating. Especially if you have a shield and cannot attack, you can donate more costly troops like wizards or giants. If you are in a hurry or anytime really, I would recomend archers. Everyone likes it in their clan castle. Donating a lot will get you respect and you will not only get more troops from others, but also better ones. For example, when I first joined my clan I tried to donate as often as possible and, soo enough, my leader started giving me lvl 5 wizards and lvl 3 dragons. So, always donate whenever possible
overall when you receive troops ou will have army capacity + clan castle cpacity whereas if you didnt you wont recieve and you can only use Army capacity to attack. plus clan castle troops are the only ones that defend your base