LOL sorry, babak, but your time has come. you are long overdue and everyone knows it. just like the california governor's race, i am entering at the apex of the madness. i've been on ET since before 2000 and i know it didn't always need to be moderated with an iron fist--especially chit chat. just like arnold schwarzenegger, if you want to take a chance at mixing things up while they're a mess, give me a chance. if like me you are sick of taking the time to write something and finding out 30 minutes later it was deleted, vote for me. i lost about 10 posts today only, in chit chat of all places. if it has happened to you, you know it's EXTREMELY ANNOYING AND FRUSTRATING. i am here to do the job right. as i am a candidate, i will state my beliefs: - i believe chit chat should have the HIGHEST degree of free speech. ET isn't operated in iraq. unpopular opinions are welcome. - i will not kiss any moderator's ass. if a moderator outside chit chat doesn't like something in chit chat, i will not feel obligated to do as they say just because they are a moderator. i will only listen to baron. if baron doesn't like me, he can fire me. i will do this for free, i am not asking for anything in return. ET has given me enough. - i will not succumb to the pressure of the majority. i don't care if 8 out of 10 people dislike an opinion, i will not delete/edit posts strictly due to volume of complaints. - i will not tell someone else not to post. they have a right to their opinion, just like anyone else. - i will be almost transparent, deleting only spam, and stuff that is just outrageous (with my standards, that would be hard to do, but it's possible). - i believe in most cases, moderating things causes more of a problem than it solves. people become annoyed by it, it spreads to feedback, arguments ensue, and so on.... - i will fiddle with things the very least that is needed. i will not delete 2 meaningless posts in a 800 reply thread just to feel powerful. - very rarely, if ever, will i close a thread. i believe threads should fade away on their own when nobody has anything else to say. - i will be independent no matter what is going on. i don't care if you personally attack me, i will not delete your posts. i will not become emotional and irrational. - in short, i will show you what being a moderator should be all about. i will set a new standard for fairness and excellence and surprise everyone. i will not vote in this poll with any of my ET names. babak, you shouldn't either. VOTE FOR GG; RECALL BABAK.