I don't really see much to answer here. We decided that the poster in question would make a good moderator, and that is pretty much the end of it. Nowhere does it state that previously banned or infracted users can't become moderators, obviously there is some sort of limit, but we take the user's recent behaviour into consideration as well and believe that people can change for the better. In fact, there are more than 1 moderator with a card to his name, and we have experienced no problems regarding that.
It makes me a bit sad that people here are so quick to judge, and I hope that the 6 new moderators will all be given a fair chance.
yeah I agree with you. Funny how some people who want second chances for themselves and others are so quick to pass judgment and throw stones. So what if someone got infracted or banned? Doesn't mean they can't grow up or reform as a poster and make a good moderator. That poster may know more about what is or isn't infraction-worthy than some goody-two-shoes who never comes close to crossing the line.