I have been cruising around message boards for a very, very long time. I started off on the old BBS services- most of you kids don't remember those, but they were local and you had to dial them directly with your modem. From AOL's walled garden to the lassiez faire approach of the campus message boards, to phpBB and vBulletin boards across the web today. This whole election affair is a recipe for nasty board drama, of which this board has, in my experience, been mercifully clear of. I have seen it happen far too many times, when a position of authority is dangled as if it were a reward in a contest to be won. I have watched an elections process completely gut one of the most popular MMORPG forums on the internet in the matter of a year, as the more respected members of the community let disagreement flower into animosity, which bloomed into anger, and wilted as people just stopped posting because they were sick of the bullshit. One post from me isn't going to suddenly put the kibosh on this process- it seems that the powers behind it, for reasons I can't figure out myself, are dead-set on seeing this happen. I'm sure that some people asked for an election, and I'm sure that agitation has been going on behind the scenes for a while, but an internet message board is a very poor place to put democracy into practice. This process will get nasty the later it gets- especially with the "rep points for votes" idea. While there's no real practical way of preventing that process, by enshrining it in the election procedures, Slyfox has established that there will be a market for votes that the board administration will not interfere with. Caveat Emptor, gentlemen. This will be a popularity contest, make no mistake about it. I don't think this board is ready to find out who's more popular then who else in real-time fashion. I therefore do not stake claim to starting the "Anti" party, for by forming a party on these boards, I legitimize a process I view as self-destructive. I do however pledge that I will not endorse or defame a candidate in relation to the board elections, that I will not join a board party here, and that I will abstain from the voting for a new moderator. I do not respect the legitimacy of the process, however, I respect the authority of the board administration to name their representatives in the manner they see fit, on property that they own. I will treat the moderator selected by this process no different than any other moderator, and will not view them as some 'false' moderator because I chose to abstain from this election. I wish you the best of luck with this process, gentlemen. I want no part of it. To the people who wish to compete for a moderator's position- you clearly have no idea what you are getting into if you actually WANT the job, but I promise that you will get everything you deserve.