True, I am in the same predicament at the moment, where a drama has started airing at least a year after I applied for it. But I am also aware that I can always withdraw from the project and let someone else do the best job in the world on it.
Of course, once a CM grants a moderator position, they shouldn’t have to check if the appointed moderator suddenly has 7 on-airs instead of “just” 5. It should be a personal responsibility to not only apply for projects, but also to let them go in order to at least be within the project number limits Viki settled upon.
However, here we are talking about what happens before a moderator is recruited, not after.
Truth be told there should be a maximum number of project at any given time, not just for on-airs. A drama is on air for only two months. After which, if a moderator doesn’t finish their job, they have the right to ask for Moderating position for another on-air drama, and another one, and another one. Which leads to hoarding the mod positions obviously.
The Moderator selection process is often dubious. And probably what’s most important is that is not very open for newcomer moderators.
As I said, some people get massive advantage by knowing that a channel is open within a day, if not even within the hour. How is that possible?
A. Either someone told you about it (more likely), or
B. you stumbled upon it yourself by directly searching up the title (less likely, unless you do it daily or several times per day).
I can understand the “first come, first served” principle of giving moderator rights in the state of emergency - Viki had not done their job and the CM is chosen two days before air date. (Or even after air date… Good Lord, Viki!)
However, in a more reasonable (and promised) setting, a CM would have 4 weeks to gather a proper team. And in that case the above principle is trash. Because not only does a CM have good time to choose the mods who applied, but also more mods apply and hence the better are your chances as a CM to choose the right candidate.
Why do more mods apply? Because now even the ones who don’t have a well-developed information-sharing network on Viki have figured out there is this channel that Viki just opened! And that’s how extending the period to receive applications for Moderator positions (when possible) makes the selection system more fair.