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However, you guys could compromise: set up a special forum just for users who want to help out, and inside that maybe a subtopic where users can display their desire to help using certain user rights, and can display their reasoning, contributions, etc., which would get them noticed by the Administration. If the administration decides to make them a nominee, put it in a list (maybe that "secure document" idea? ;) ) and when the need arises, or after Staff (not just admins, all active users with rights) discussion, make a new topic asking the Community of their opinion. This'll give users the time to make sure this is what they want, and the community time to react to the possible new [local] staff member. In this way, it won't surprise users (as long as it's made a topic or similar), and they can display their desire or distaste for the idea.
In this way, "applications", per se, are eliminated, while still keeping around the old Roman way of democracy. Plus, you don't get surprised users who don't know what hit them when a new user gets added to the local Staff roster!
Princess Callie wrote: I still say that it needs to remain Sysop-accessible. Especially with the only actually active bureaucrat being Fatal. Neither Skelly nor I actually have the time to do anything here - In the event that Fatal goes inactive, the RCaDC right being grantable by Sysops helps with the wiki.
I agree with this.