Right now, there's an argument fallacy in the original post that I see and is bothering me slightly. Poisoning the well
, and also indirectly a personal attack on a group/person, ad hominem ["to the man/person"], seem to exist. The suggestion declares that the moderators are biased towards their friends and states that Random, the original poster, has been affected by this personally. It seems to state that the moderators should always start at the bottom of a sub-forum, under almost all circumstances.
The reason it is a fallacy is because it, while suggesting a proposed benefit for the good of the forum, is based on the underlying warrant that the moderators are biased and will ignore apps in favor of their friends' apps, or just flat out ignore applications entirely. Regardless of the truth of this, it has no place in this suggestion as it immediately sets moderators up to be in a detrimental position. In responding to your suggestion, I presume that you want well thought-out responses. In order to respond thoughtfully, we must consider all parts of your suggestion and analyze your post. The intention is not to over-analyze. The second qualm I have is that anyone who posts in defense of the current system is automatically put in the category of 'moderators and friends', which I have already said to be a poor position. One can not hope to respond when doing so implies that they are somehow flawed as people in a way they shouldn't be. The 'poisoning the well' and 'ad hominem' arguments put one group above the other. Ad Hominem as a whole is the lesser of the two and entirely possible to be there only by implication of poisoning the well, as the more common 'ad hominem' is not immediately apparent.
For that reason, I may be slightly less than kind in the following post and advise people, all people, to take a step back and approach this with a calm head. It is entirely possible this was not Random's intention at all. In fact, I don't think it was at all [and I may simply be oversensitive], but to anyone who feels this way, please do take a step back. I can't stop anyone, even myself, from being slightly irritated, but I advise a calm attitude.
On a slightly different implied message, "We didn't start the fire."