I remember flame wars in the past just over the fact that ErMaC won awards at the VCA.
Rather poor example as the people who were getting anal and pissy over ErMaC winning VCA were the General AMV crowd. The other AMV creators who felt looked over and were jealous of ErMaC's success. Probably some OT people in there too.
I dunno, if anyone would be a mod I think AD would as you make good AMVs, help-out, write guides and have a cool head about you. I think people still resented not being a mod, if you were visible or not. My point it's easier to be pissed off @ "Mod 467" than it would be @ AD.
Pai>> Look at Tab :p He's madddd RAWR. Anyways, I don't think the friends should really have to talk to you or be friends with you. It doesn't matter if my friends are your friends. Being able to make judgements based on action and not character is more vital in admin/mod. Just because someone isn't your friend or doesn't understand your view point. Or maybe you don't like their view point, is no reason to exclude.
And that's kind of what this thread feels like. It's a "now that the losers are gone we can come out and show ourselves, thankgod those people are gone". Even if you don't mean to, that's how this action feels. This would have been much more effective when there were more members who visited the board that were concerned over this. Maybe that's why you chose now ? Because no one cares, everything has been squared away in a tidy package? It hasn't I still have feelings over the exclusion of half the forum and I think alot of people do, just most of those people have moved on and gone away. And only then have you come out and said "finally here I am, look at me I am an ADMIN!!!".
As for admin selection, the only real advantage to knowing Phade in person is the possibility that he could kick your ass if you did something wrong. But AD is over the ocean and Pai you're in VA. He can't physically kick your ass much at all. Maybe it's trust? But does trust really have alot to do with it. I mean if someone does dedicate themselves to the community and the site it shows they care about it. I don't think they should care about Phade's wife making delicious brownies or exactly where he lives.
On most websites mod selection is based on community loyalty rather than if you know the site owner or not. Usually when talking to Phade on AIM he is busy or up to other things. I doubt he would want to tell the couple hundred plus people who visit the forum about his entire life story. I doubt he'd want everyone on the website trying to find out his wifes brownie recipe. Also he has sorta an idol god status and many may fear that he'll zap them with his laser eyes :p.
While Phade works hard on the site, I don't see him around the forums interacting with the users often. It's awesome he puts alot of work, but he's no Serpico it seems like, he's not down with the street. And if he's lurking around all this time reading about the community from his little glass box it's almost Hugh Heffnerish in him not communicating. I can see him up his suite on the top floor of AMV enterprises looking at the hundred web monitors, monitoring every AMV entered into the DB. His three foot beard he strokes with his fingers that have 5" nails as he sips from a bottle of condine O_O. Ok :p lol gettng off-track here.
Anyways... A sticky announcing who the mods were or a news post or something would be fine. But people coming in and patting you guys on the back about it, I just don't like that. There is no need for a thread like this especially with the past still rather fresh in peoples minds.
I like the site 'cuz I like helping people and AMVs. I also liked the people who came here and this felt sorta like dancing on the ashes of an older era. :p