So how/why are posters getting banned more than ever before during the off season if mods don't come on MTF often and are not even aware of off season contests? Would be nice to make explanations at least barely believable
there are not "more bans than ever before" -- the list for temporary banned users is actually quite short in comparison to a few months ago.
And the awareness of the contest is irrelevant. They don't have to act differently because a contest is on.
It's not like Groove was diligent in opening and closing voting threads on time and reporting results anyways. Or counting votes correctly, apparently, going by that whole Deathless Mortal thing.
So anyone could stand in for him and it wouldn't hurt the "integrity" of the contest (might improve it, actually).