I can't really speak for Stormy, but I will add my thoughts on the matter. The editing program had been Sammi's baby for as long as I have been an active member here. Originally, one just applied once they reached a certain level, and
I can't really speak for Stormy, but I will add my thoughts on the matter. The editing program had been Sammi's baby for as long as I have been an active member here. Originally, one just applied once they reached a certain level, and editors were chosen from those who applied. That didn't always turn out so well, as some people just wanted to be editor for the points, and they really didn't have the needed skills. It's not their fault for not having the skills - not everyone is an expert grammarian - but they should have known their own weaknesses and not applied in the first place.
Now, to combat this problem, last year Sammi created the proofreading test - basically, it was a review riddled with common errors that one sees in the reviews that come through the Task Market. The test was to correct the errors and return it to Sammi. Those who caught the most errors were the ones chosen to be editors. (Only one person has ever found them all...but we won't name names ).
All of that is to say this - Sammi is gone, as are the rest of the administrative staff. EVERYTHING is falling to Stormy now. The situation in the TM at the moment is unprecedented (there have been more than 100 reviews at a time before, but over 250 is new). The extra help was needed immediately, and Stormy did not have time to send the tests (if she even has access to Sammi's test), wait for the test to be returned, and score them. She had to make a command decision on her own, and I think she did a pretty good job with her choices, overall.
Perhaps some may see it as not being totally fair for people to be added without taking the test, or who have been denied before, but sometimes in life, situations come up that must be taken care of quickly, and fairness doesn't always enter into the equation.
To quote The Princess Bride, "Who ever said life is fair? Where is that written? Life isn't always fair."