I'm not sure how ironic that was, but I'll clarify how much of a slander that is just to be sure.
When the site was started, Anonthony recruited people he knew
were trustworthy, and of course that meant some of us were friends, but not necessarily, he barely knew Macil for example, I for one barely knew Marecline and Eudae, and so on.
Since then, the site has grown a community
and that allows us to not rely on people we personally know but on people we believe are good community leaders. Our last community mod recruited to date, !!Big Mac, barely any of us knew, we just liked how he posted and he just happened to be very active on a board which we needed moderation on.
Among the people we have in our line of sight for a mod position - because you never know when we're gonna be needing someone else - none of them are our personal friends, and I'd like to make that clear, none
of them are.
As a matter of fact I have a very clear personal rule which Anonthony is very much aware of that if someone is in any way emotionally involved with a staff member, they can't ever be on the staff or get any close to it in any way.
I'm not joking when I say he had to make that clear to a person he was having a relationship with at some point. So yeah, no, you don't become a mod by being "buddy buddy" with us, you become a mod by being a quality community member and really, by being at the right place at the right time.
You may be the best poster on /oat/, if we don't need a mod from /oat/, then we don't need to "recruit" you. We want to have a staff that represents every part of the community - not only the origins like /b/, /co/, Ponychan or /mlp/ - but also simply the sub communities here like /oat/, /b/&f, TKC, /anon/, /rp/…