Not long ago, the staff applications system was changed from being periodic (i.e. opening every few months) to being open 24/7. I think this was a wise move at the time, but I don't think I'm alone in thinking that it should be changed back to how it was before. When staff applications were opened every few months, it felt like there was a sense of excitement that came with it. Many players, including myself, would regularly check the forums to see who had applied and offered advice to those who had. Only in extreme cases were applications denied before the deadline, so people applicants knew they could receive feedback and improve their application. There's no deadline with the current system, so some applications are denied within a matter of days or even hours without the applicants having a chance to improve their application or even knowing how long they'd have to make improvements (this is not the fault of the staff members dealing with applications but rather a flaw of the system). On the other hand, some applications could sit untouched for months. Having applications opened for short periods at a time would ensure that applicants would eventually get a response within a few weeks. Overall, I believe periodic staff applications are much more efficient and I'd love to see them make a return.