None of us who will attempt to answer this question will truly feel comfortable with it because we don't know all our members. Hence, we are restricted to choosing from among those we do know well.
I am going to cut down my possibilities by eliminating anyone who has ever served on TalkBoard (or even ran for it but was not elected). This is not because I don't think they would not be valuable but because I know the question of running again will always be in their minds and I would prefer to plant the seed elsewhere.
BEYFlyer: He tops my list. He and I were merely cyberacquaintances before the recent fighting. We are now very strong cyberfriends and I look forward to the day that I can drop the "cyber" from that word. Friendship, however, is not why I want him on TalkBoard -- respect is. BEYFlyer posted while under heavy Israeli attack (much stronger than the attacks I experienced from Hizbollah) yet managed to report what was happening fairly and without rancor. If he can put his emotions aside under such circumstances, the impartiality and logical approach he would bring to TalkBoard would be a tremendous asset to FlyerTalk.
Canarsie: His contributions to FlyerTalk are legendary and can not be overestimated. (His puns, unfortunately, are also legendary but can be overlooked.)
Student Explorer: If he sees this he will probably have a tremendous shock. He and I have agreed on almost nothing -- and probably will continue to disagree. Still, I have to admire the logic with which he presents his arguments (even if I reject his conclusions).
Mikel: I don't even know if he would be eligible as he is employed by the House of Miles, but I got to know him fairly well when the activity on the "FlyerTalk scoops the world" thread was at its peak. His dedication to his work was impressive enough -- the fact that he was able keep his sense of humor was extra icing on the cake.
Bart: Well, with this endorsement I can kiss at least 100 votes goodbye -- Bart works for that most hated of all government agencies, the TSA. (Clarification: It is the "most hated" by Frequent Flyers. Overall, I think the IRS has it beat by a mile in the race for the most despised.) Bart has shown the intestinal fortitude not only to remain on FlyerTalk despite coming under extremely heavy fire but has also established a thread on Travel Safety & Security called the "Ask Bart Thread" in which he answers questions about TSA procedures and rules. The fact that it currently has 808 posts is a strong indication of how helpful it has been to F/Ters.
So if I hear what bhatnasx is saying, he only wants people who want to be here to be here, and he is saying it right here, here and now?
Actually, I'd like to parrot his response. I don't know if I can pick anyone who should have run. If people want to be on the Board, they will run. There are so many ways to contribute and give back to this community, and TalkBoard is only one of those ways.
And finally, I just wanted to say here again.
A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain.
While there are some people I would love to serve with, they have made a personal choice to not run for office. I even asked a few about putting their name in the hat.
I do not feel it appropriate for me to put names out... what the members have is a slate of candidates who want to serve the membership... take a decision from that group... and not wish others were in the running.
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Well as others have stated this is a hard question to answer and I donít think I can give you a positive full answer to it and what I might say may look like a pile of old codswallop as I am finding it hard to put into words.
I donít want too name names and give reasons why, I donít think that I should have to as itís a very personal thing and might embarrass the people I name, but what the heck thatís just my opinion.
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I would hope that everyone who wanted to be on TalkBoard completed an application during the open application period. As far as who else should have run, I'm happy with the candidate slate... and if I wanted to encourage others to run, I would have done so during that period.
(I'm running, btw, because I was encouraged by a few folks... so if their desire matches that of the rest of the community then I consider that to be a good match!)
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I don't know any other members well enough to say. I am a member, and I haven't schmoozed around enough with other members to say. I haven't been out pre-politicking, I am just interested in being a board member, minus good-ole-boy system behind me.