Shall I go first then?
Honestly? I'm not fond of the whole political campaign likeness of this part of the voting process to be honest with you. I don't particularly want to sit here and tell you all why you should or shouldn't vote for me over the other guys up for the role so I'll try and keep that to a minimum.
I've been here for many years and those of you who know me will already have your own reasons as to why you think i'd be good or bad at the job. I don't want to try and influence that too much because you're probably better at seeing the positives and negatives of the way I handle things and put things across than I am of myself.
I have mixed feelings on the role of Arbiter and the current need for it here if it isn't a leadership role. Whilst I think it's a good idea that we continue to nominate and elect each year for the sake of keeping our activity as a group up I don't really think the role is needed so much these days like used to be. We don't really have drama or arguments anymore (thankfully) and when it comes down to a decision that needs making the Arbiter isn't needed to have the final say on the matter like the role may have required in the past, simply because all of the big decisions that get made around here are always taken to a vote and the majority wins whether it's by 1 vote or 10. Except maybe if it's a draw but how often does that happen?
Anyway. I'm extremely active here so should I ever be needed, whilst I don't use voice comms, I can be found on IRC for many hours each and every day and I visit the forums several times each day as well.
To be honest, if I became the Arbiter I don't think I'd do anything differently than I do already except have an official title. Do I need a title? No.
That meaning If I see something which needs moderating I'll moderate it as I feel appropriate.
I don't like getting involved with drama or disputes but if I feel I need to comment on something even If I'm not a member of that group or play that game I'll say it, though I have learned from our past WoW group that too much of this can do more harm than good. I try to take an active interest in this place as a whole too and not just the groups I play with.
If I'm a member of particular group of ours ingame I'll most likely take a hands-on approach when I can and feel up to it just like I have done in the past. I don't like to just sit back and let others do all the work.
I'll continue to do website design & graphics work around here when needed so long as I'm in the creative mood for doing it and feel I can come up with something decent.
And just like the Exiles naming thread I posted this week if I feel a subject needs addressing or discussing by the membership I'll go ahead and speak up if nobody else has, whether I'm the Arbiter or not. Subjects like that shouldn't be left alone if there are people feeling quietly unhappy about it.
I consider myself to be a very honest, friendly, approachable and trustworthy person and I always try to come across as best I can when putting my points and opinions across. This place means the world to me and I always try to do the best I can for it. You guys will be the judge of all this. Sometimes I may fail and give others the wrong impression than what I actually intended but I always try my hardest to take other peoples feelings and opinions into consideration as well as my own, whether I agree with them or not.
Would becoming the Arbiter change any of this? Would I be doing anything differently or extra in the role? Not really I don't think. I'll just continue to do what I do heh
Thank you to those of you who decided to nominate me in the previous thread or choose to vote for me in this one. Just like previously I think we have a lot of great people to pick from again this year so good luck to everyone else too