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originally posted by: Springer
The answer is pretty much what's been described here, diversity of opinion, decency, intelligence, and the ability to debate the topic rather than defame your fellow are what we look for. When we notice a member who has those attributes we add them to an ongoing list of names that we refer to when we see the need coming for more staff.
The actual decision process is a matter of matching the needs of the site with the attributes/skill set of the individual(s) being considered.
I can tell you that each and every one of those who have staff under their name I consider a friend and have immense appreciation and respect for their altruism.
Just as the site would not be what it is without each and every member, it could not be what it is without these people giving of their time and intelligence on the staff.