This is how it happens for us... this Forum... right now.... Not on any other Forum or any other group.... Meaning TFK & BF.
During the time we are Mods, we are on the look out for Members who consistently "exceed" the requirements of a "regular member". That means we see them continuously helping others. Even in moments of snark, frustration, with helping new fish keepers, trolls and spam that hit the forum,...whatever comes their way... the member strives to be kind, has patience and is helpful, considerate of other's feelings, compassionate and yet doesn't loose their cool and vent on someone else ever! They have a clean record with us, no infractions, incidents, arguments, warnings...nothing!! It would just never happen with this member!
That member also has to be able to fit us into their lives too... family, jobs, school... it's all a balance... if you don't have the time to commit you are not the right fit for us. On the flip side of things we don't want you to be so obsessed with TFK/BF that it is your whole life, or that things must be done your way, we discuss and vote on the outcome of issues, this takes time with different time zones... You have to be able to balance it all with your life, family and lifestyle.
Those names eventually are put forward as prospects, we discuss their interactions here on the Forum and our personal experiences with each one of them and shorten the list down. Then there is an application process and a review of each potential mod's answers and it must be unanimous by all existing Mods. The existing Mods have to be able to work and trust the new additions to the family... that they will put the Forum's best interest first.
Oh ya... and they have to be crazy avid fish keepers.