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I was thinking of becoming an editor, for this category, since Im an expert in this field, but im concerned that the reviewer might see a potential conflict of interest, since I already have a web business in this field.
A) Should I list any affiliation or bring this fact up at a latter date (using the sometimes it is easier to ask forgiveness rather than permission prinicple)?
B) Who does the approval process? Is it the person who runs the parent node to the node im applying for.
If so, I could be looking for a long wait, as it appear this editor has not done much work to the listings in the past year.
C) Does persistence pays off, if you are rejected, will reapplying eventually get you in (assuming that you can write a good resume, and select good sites to be listed)?
B) Meta-editors, nearly all of whom were first editalls (that is, were allowed to edit anywhere in the directory.) Often, but not always, there is a relationship between their editing focus and their application review focus. But there is no connection between "listed category editor" and "reviewer of new editor application".
C) Persistance is generally acceptable and sometimes specifically encouraged. Rejection followed by a improved application may well be considered a good sign.
Persistance does pay off, and you will eventually get in. There are some higher ups who don't like seeing new editors, especially in categories that they may have a few affiliate sites lurking :-)
Start real small, and work your way up.