I would like this thread to serve as a medium for an open discussion regarding this subjective thought. Personally, I disagree with staff applications being open for judgement and scrutiny from the community. I appreciate that certain criticisms and opinions from the community on certain applications are quite intelligent and have sound logic, however, the majority of the opinions are not approaching the application with the right mentality. I feel that a staff application should be submitted, viewed and processed by the staff team and I do not think the applicant should see the comments made by the staff team. In the event, that a controversial application is approved and the applicant has seen who has supported and not supported them within the staff team it can and will definitely cause a certain degree of bad blood within the staff team. The counter-argument, that a staff team will maintain professionalism irrespective of their subjective opinion and will respect the overall consensus is an idealistic argument without a grip on the reality of how any respective staff team functions. An applicant should not have insight into the voting process of the staff team or a written concrete piece from the community on their thoughts about the applicant. If the staff team would like to keep the community's thoughts as part of the application process, I feel the applicant should not be able to respond or view these comments because it can cause severe issues when they are in a position of authority on the server.