As the primaries are fast approaching it's now more important than ever to remember that, unlike the United States government, we are not electing a PARTY to office, but an INDIVIDUAL. The parties may allow like-minded individuals to group together, but even two members of the same party will be very different mods. I'm here to help you sort through the huge field of candidates to find the mod that's right for you. ABC Party Poppycock- Does anyone even know who this guy is? He has 544 posts, and hasn't even reached the light green rep bars. Now we all know rep isn't the world's greatest indicator of quality, but by 500 posts he should be a visible name on these forums if he expects to be modded. Verdict: Pass on Poppycock hatehabsforever- Habs has been a valued member of this forum for a while now, but does that make him a good mod? He seems to be getting too caught up in the politics game, which to me says he's going to be burned out by the time he reaches office. Do you want to elect someone who is going to get tired of his job after a few months? I know I don't. Verdict: Habs could be a viable choice, but he needs to tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on what he'd do as a TNA mod. Dagger Dias- Pass on Dagger. Seriously. He's gone on reporting sprees where he reports dozens of posts, and most of them don't even have anything wrong with them. He doesn't understand the rulebook, and he shouldn't be mod. Verdict: Dagger is a nice fella, but he'd make a shit mod. Amarillo Del Bosque Verde- Who the fuck... I guess they'll just let anyone run for mod, huh? Verdict: Fuck 'em. The Killjoy: Killjoy is in a similar position as Dagger, he reports a ton of shit, and while much of the time the posts he's reporting are indeed in violation of our rules, many of his reports are just of anti-TNA stuff. Basically, if somebody starts an anti-TNA thread in the TNA section, Killjoy has a tendency to report it as flaming, spam, or whatever. Verdict: Killjoy seems like a textbook case of someone who will abuse their mod powers. Don't vote for him. Mike "The Kid" Killiam: Why is he running? I don't know, I guess he feels like he's conquered the front page with articles not worth reading, he figures he might as well conquer the forums as well. He has an occasional gem of wisdom in his posts, but you have to wade through paragraph after paragraph of fluff to get there. Verdict: No reason to give Killiam the keys to the boardroom. Let him keep posting his sub-mediocre opinions on the main page. theIHwrestling: Why does the ABC Party have so many candidates that nobody knows about? Verdict: Who!? The Sign Guy- TSG has disappeared from the public mind after making a total ass of himself, declaring himself "one of the best posters on this site." After being laughed out of The Cage, TSG made himself scarce, probably hoping we'd forget about his delusions of grandeur. But we haven't Sign Guy, we haven't. Verdict: Not the worst candidate the ABC Party is running, but certainly not the best. He doesn't have the mental capacity to work as a mod, and you don't need much. JWGunslinger: This is my pick of the party. He's a nice guy, he's fun to talk to, he never loses his cool, he's diverse in his posting, and he's intelligent. These are the makings of a good mod. He's not going to snap at a random poster that bitches at him for an infraction, he's not going to go on an infraction spree because he's in a bad mood, and he's not going to disappear and take his modding duties lightly. Verdict: If you're going to Vote ABC, vote JWG. Muffin Top Merkley: Merk is my second choice from the party. He'd make a solid non-wrestling moderator as he is pretty well rounded in those sections. He's a nice guy, has a good attitude, and I think he'd fit in well as a mod. However, he has a tendency to go disappearing for a while, and the last thing we need is another absentee mod. Verdict: Merkley is a great guy and I suggest you take the time to get to know him. If you value experience over consistency, vote Merkley. Ba-Bomb- This guy has a serious attitude problem. The last thing we need is another Lord Sidious in the Board Room. What's worse, he doesn't seem to be half as intelligent as Sidious. Verdict: Don't vote for Ba-Bomb under ANY circumstances. La Resistance The Crock- By far the best choice from this part. It's no secret Crock has been trying to get into the Board Room for a while, and I think this is one of his best opportunities if posters vote with their brains. Crock has a proven track record of solid wrestling posting, is well liked by most members, is a friendly guy when it comes down to it, and has given a lot of time and effort to various parts of WrestleZone. Whether it's making a sig, writing something for WZCW, volunteering to help run tournaments, or helping out a member through PMs, Crock is a terrific asset to WrestleZone. Verdict: Crock is not only the best candidate from La Resistance, but one of the top 3 candidates in this election. Jericoholic4Life- Eh. I like J4L's work ethic, but he's not exactly the brightest bulb, and I don't think he'd make a good mod. He's not mature enough to handle the lack of power that comes with being a moderator on a wrestling forum. Verdict: Still better than most of ABC's candidates, but that's the best thing I have to say about him. Milenko- He wouldn't be the first guy to make into the board room after a prison sentence, but he certainly would be the most annoying poster to make it into the board room. Truthfully, Milenko wouldn't make a terrible mod as he is a hard worker and isn't stupid... but he has a tendency to let his emotions get the better of him and he doesn't really have the authoritative voice necessary to be a good mod. Verdict: We can do better than Milenko. If Milenko is made mod, you know we're in trouble. Harthan- Another top 3 candidate, Harthan may be the most intelligent candidate in the field. He has experience as a former mod, and while he's a friendly guy that likes to joke, I wouldn't expect to see him hesitate at laying down the hammer if the time comes. Verdict: Harthan or Crock, Crock or Harthan... you can't go wrong either way. While I would love to see Harthan back in the Board Room, I think Crock deserves a chance to see what he can do first. awesome_miz- awesome_miz made a lot of noise in the very short time he's been here... and I have no idea why. He doesn't seem to be interested in getting into in depth discussions, and he's kind of mysterious. I don't like that quality in a mod. Mods need to be able to not only drive discussion, but be able to reason whether or not a rule has been broken, and what the appropriate course of action is. awesome_miz hasn't shown us that he has that mental capacity yet. Verdict: Decent guy, not mod material yet. David French Party Coco The Monkey: The last top three candidate, Coco has been here for a while and has won the hearts and minds of WrestleZone. He's an intelligent guy with a great sense of humor, and has the rulebook figured out to a T... as you can tell by the amount of seemingly controversial stuff he does without getting banned. The biggest knock against Coco is that he won't take modding seriously and that he'll abuse his power. I say bah humbug to both of those things. In case you haven't noticed, Coco doesn't half ass anything. Whether it's a joke, and RP, or a serious wrestling post, Coco gives everything 100%. And abusing power isn't Coco's style. He's not the type of character to simply drop an infraction and skip off, he's more confrontational than that. Verdict: Don't let the smear campaigns fool you, Coco may be the best choice for this election. GD: General Disarray is a smart, funny poster, but I don't think he's very serious about getting modded. I'm pretty sure he's doing it for teh lulz. Verdict: If you want a mod that's in it for teh lulz, vote GD. If not, vote Coco, as he's basically GD, but serious. JGKY: It's unfortunate that Joe is in this party and not ABC, as he'd be the ABC Party's best candidate. TNA needs a mod, and Joe is probably the best choice. He's as impartial as he is smart, and he wouldn't let his fandom get in the way of his modding. Verdict: JGKY is a dark horse candidate out of the French Party. He might have to wait to get modded the good ol' fashioned way. CM Pancake: The guy is clearly in it for the bolded name, as he hasn't really made any sort of impact anywhere on the forums. Verdict: Don't vote for him. The Champ- The Champ is an intelligent enough guy, but I don't think he's ready for modding yet. He needs to experience more of the forums before he's ready for it. Verdict: I'd say within 6 months he could be mod material, but not now. Maybe next year dude. And that's that. For those not interested in reading through the whole thing, here's a list of the candidate I'd recommend picking from each party... ABC: JWGunslinger La Resistance: The Crock David French: Coco The Monkey Remember people, you're not voting for a party, because there are no parties inside the board room. You're voting for a mod, so vote for the guy you think will do the best job, not the guy that represents his party the best.