I say try to "new" method, but in all honesty, I don't see how much different it is from the old way. Before, the current mods got together and narrowed down a list into one or two people to make an offer to. The only difference with the new method is that we choose the list to narrow it down from. The people we nominate will probably be the same people the mods would have looked at anyway - people fairly well known on the boards with a high post count. Since the members are not voting, it's not really democracy, but a republic. Personally, I think to make it democratic the mods should make a short list of nominations and let the Lit Forum members vote via secret PM ballot. EDIT: Also, if the mods nominate and we vote, it's probably better because the mods can better nominate people who are typically on the boards during the times of the day when they are not.