There have been a few posts recently about preference of posting forms and people not getting the postings that they believe that they deserve. Can I put another little slant on this? On the ASM's board two years ago, a pal of mine came off the board but as he was on leave he didn't get to speak to his desk officer until about a week later. He was then informed that there was only one job available, a desk job in DPA and that all of the other successful candidates had got in first. Again, last night I was speaking to a pal who didn't come of the Crab board and as such was informed by the LE desk officer in a group email to other unsuccessful candidates of jobs available. Unfortunately after a conversation with his desk oppo he was told that most are already allocated. So (failing to cut a long story short) why is in this day and age your posting is determined by the phone lottery? Why aren't boards convened and posting preferences resubmitted after revealing where posts need to be filled? I have never ever spoken to records on my behalf and it annoys me that so many people do. I know that it is apparently acceptable to do so if you are of WO status or above but I believe that it allows a little bit of nepotism to creep into a supposedly professional organisation.