Hey Baby, What I don't get is, what is wrong on it if the applicant get put in a spotlight? It's just normal that he will be in the spotlight in his own application and it is even more normal that people will come and question some different things. I rather like it if regulars/members/admins come up with criticism to let the candidate become better in the future since no one is flawless, than reading all the time "yeah great commander, friendly, active and so on"
Same goes for questioning things to get an understanding of the candidates way of thinking or a chance to disagree on feedback the applicant give/gave himself.
Being a good member does in my eyes require the abbility to be in all ways helpful for the community. Not everything is about being the greatest commander and having 60 new never played games in his pockets to come up with. Sure being creative is always a plus for jb, but also a decent commander is often more than enough as well, bcs we all have a different taste. It gives a lot of players out there who prefer even more short quick rounds instead of seeing the world best commander with new games, bcs this always/mostly lead to it that the rounds take too long. Having 10 minute rounds bcs the commander need 5 minutes to make the game a lil bit understandable is at the end boring as well.
I also do not get your comment that someone JUST sit in heaven and judge from there, just bcs he/she is sharing some doubts he/she has and wants to see what the applicant is willing to do. Also what's wrong on it to say that actually not so much help or more members are needed, if I'm honest here then I could say there were way much harder times where his help with applying for the team would have been needed or appreciated. Right now JB does not have that much players around like in the hot times and then everyone could be even helpful enough if he is willing to helpout as a regular to answer on questions from newcomers or with moderating or reporting some sort of rulebreakers. I mean why would he now need member powers then if he did everything so good and great you mentioned by yourself? What would change to have him in the team now with the abbility to open his ndmenu then?
Do not get me wrong, bcs I do see myself Silence as an enjoyable guy to play with and as someone who could get a spot in the team in the near future.
A good member is in my eyes active in all directions. Not only being the greatest commander or moderator. I could kinda ask you Baby where is your so incredible creativity or activity in jb forum related topics? I rarely saw you contributing in jb discussions nor saw I the greatest commander nD ever had (which is what I feel you always want to say about yourself) in topics like jb suggestions or in xalus his topic where you could share your so much creativity to let nD or jb become better. But you are coming up with the statement that other members or admins are having no clue about Silence the applicant himself when they have maybe their own way to observe an applicant through a period of time. Again being the most active and creative guy in jb doesn't make someone to the best member we could think of. It is the general help and effort/support/dedication in all directions as for forum and servers the applicant comes up with.
I got by the way billions of "give him member, yes, he is a great guy" in my first application and missed to read and listen to the guys who were able to criticize me, bcs these were at the end the ones who were helping me to become better and to work on things I lack/ed on, so not all negative replies or doubts or questions in an application are there just to spread hate or to let an applicant let look bad in the most possible way.
If I read your reply about Silence then it looks a bit for me that you just want to have kinda a good friend in the team. Seeing you not really typing any lil con out about him is in my eyes nothing else, than the standard "I give him a yes, great dude, great commander, yes yes yes" replies.
As for you Silence I would like to see more thoughts and help from you in different nD/jb topics in the forum and also some more reports about rulebreakers as for toxic guys or abusive guys. And I'll hope and wish you that you'll find the right balance of being helpful in all directions. Your server presence/activity is alright I'm sure, lets see if you can maybe come up with a lil bit more effort or help in other directions as for forum and chatbox and so on.
Wish you again best of luck my friend and does not have myself really doubts that you wont make it into the team. The rest you know already about to put more effort in different ways into the community. Peace old man