I'am in the middle on this. I am not a mod nor do I really want to be one, cause I am going to be honest I would not be a good mod. Ryn has reached out to me in the past about certain issues, I have also reached out to him and I have given him/her my opinion on those issues. I think the team Ryn has made has done great things. We now have a Review Feedback thread, we have made threads to answer user questions on what Veterans and Elders do and what the difference is, we have been proactive in keeping peace in the forums. So the system Ryn has in place works.
Now I am not saying there is no bias I have recommended people in the past for Veteran status that I have seen do good things on the forums and I would call them friends. I have recommended Elders that I have seen being proactive as well, their is a bias but the person doing the recommendation will admit there is a bias, and Ryn would take that into account. I have never once taken advantage of Ryn's trust in my opinions to just say make me a mod and I want blah and whoz as mods as well. Cause that would be abusing trust and I would like to believe that the integrity I have shown is also where other Veterans stand on the topic of promotions. In the end Ryn and the staff have the final say on this and I agree with them because it has shown results.
PS. Do not compare me to Brutus