Several of this year's applicants (including some of the successful ones) were encouraged to apply by current members of staff who they're friends with. I've always preferred to recruit from the community for numerous reasons, but we're happy to take on newcomers as well if their writing is strong. Hopefully some of the new guys will start posting in the forums as they get a feel for the site, although it's not a requirement.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the new writers, whether they're members of the forum or not. I was just surprised by how many of them are new, and thought that it could encourage them to post. I know I could have the @ to get their attention, but I didn't want to force them to do it.
Please excuse my bad English.
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