I didn't take the time to read everything in this thread, and excuse me if the points I'm about to bring up have already been addressed, but here's my two cents as an Elder myself.
The simple fact is that we don't need anymore Elders given the current state of the forums. Nothing else needs to be said. We currently have 4 Elders: jojovonjo, Dillon, Azuslu7jpg, and myself. That's more than enough. There's simply not enough activity and not enough issues around here to warrant the promotion of a fifth Elder (not saying Wexter's incapable of being one, of course). Honestly, with the inactivity of the forums as a whole, I perform a moderator action maybe once every few days to once a week on average compared to my 1-3 a day back when jojo, Dillon, and I were first promoted. This lack of need for moderation is a result of many things primarily the introduction of groups, the broken state it's in, and, most notably, the the lack of quality threads. You can make the point that we as moderators are just as responsible for no good threads as the next guy, but you also have to realize that - and I'm speaking for myself here - there just isn't time. If I am going to make a thread, it's not going to be just some simple question to which someone can give a one word response to. It will be a topic to which more thought out responses will be expected and likely. However, I'm going to have to wait until summer if I want to make threads such as that. University work just won't allow it right now, so for the time being all I have time to do is browse the forums every now and then to make sure nothing's up, take action when I need to, provide input in the lounge when needed, and occasionally make normal posts. Moderating in the background is really all I can do right now.
Another thing you're not understanding, Critical, is that despite Wexter not being an Elder, he has just as much influence as one when action needs to be taken. The 13 of us trusted users think and work as a whole when it comes to making decisions. The four Elders simply carry out the actions that are decided to be taken. We do this because that's what Ryn expects of and has asked of us. You wouldn't know this because you haven't seen the lounge thread where we've discussed a lot of things regarding HB as a whole. Wexter along with the other eight Senpai have just as much influence on what happens here as the four Elders. There are times where the senpai come to a conclusion before an Elder gives any input and all an Elder has to do is perform the action (which is usually pretty quick). In fact, there are plenty of times when Wexter has basically taken the words right out of my mouth in the Lounge and I more or less just add to what he says. So, yes, sometimes the senpai pull the strings and us Elders just push the buttons. Sure giving him the badge would allow him to push those buttons too, but he still has just as much of a say in the grand scheme of things as we do, so, like I said, it's just not necessary until the forums start seeing more activity, and I think you're just being your usual, stubborn self. You're not taking into account your damaged credibility from your past actions on this site.