I don't know the people involved - and am not criticising them personally.
But does your happiness extend to the fact that we don't know why they were chosen, how many others applied, why were these three chosen over others, everyone was given consideration, if not why not, etc - surely that's the kind of democracy that should be shown on every one of these things where everyone 'supposedly' has a chance.
I am yet to witness this happen in any of these things where applications are offered and as such didn't waste my time bothering applying myself as I'd stand zero chance as usual - and my point still remains that all of these things on MTF are always given to favoured well known candidates regardless of whoever applies and newer people are never ever given any chance whatsoever at these things, without consideration that an unknown non-favoured name can do much better at and improve things to the way they have been done in the past and contribute and make vast improvements in areas but are never given a chance of a look in in the first place.
When there's transparency in these things then there might be reason to congratulate - but I most certainly will not congratulate the usual likely shoe-horn in's until transparency is shown.
Totally not sure where all this is coming from:
"always given to well-known candidates" - which is why someone earlier was saying they didn't even know who one of them was. Sonja1989 joined the forum less than 2 years ago. Andreas may be considered an "unknown and non-favoured name" to anyone who doesn't play TT, which is quite a lot of the users.
They were chosen on the basis that they seemed eager to be helpful in the application that they made, they have no history of trouble on the site and haven't been involved in any of the big dramas that sometimes blow up. The admins and supermods took a vote on the list and we went with the consensus after discussing the pros and cons based on these sorts of criteria.
I don't think we should list the unsuccessful applicants as they may not wish other people to know they really seriously applied - they're always free to say themselves that they applied.
I'm reading a fair amount of "knowing" hostility that bears little relation to the facts, and rather than actually asking me or any of the others about it, you've decided just to come here and spout off. That's your choice, but it doesn't mean you're right. I'd actually rather people with questions or concerns contacted me or the others via PM instead of just assuming they know what happens and having an episode on a thread like this, but whatever