Well, I guess I could handle being the "backup", though it means I'd need proper permissions in the Jam area (i.e. starting/pinning/closing topics and removing posts for games & voting topic cleaning from unneeded posts, such as "reserved"; I guess that's enough?). Technically speaking, it might be a safer bet to pick someone who already has these permissions as Global Moderator, but if you don't mind granting me these permissions, I'm more than willing to help. ^^
As for the "crazy randomness": I think the trouble was more in the "randomness" part than "crazy" part; i.e. all that tricking around with the theme caused people to stop caring because things became completely unpredictable. Earlier, when theme letters were revealed, one could not know the theme but at least they could trust that it has specific letters on specific position. In this case there was a list of themes, but after adding the WILD PICNIC and then having all that letter-by-letter removal we just didn't know what are the rules anymore. It was like coming for a party of chess to find oneself playing Twister.
I think the craze isn't too bad every once in a while, and probably serves good to power up the hype, though I agree with the point in your discussion topic post
that we could step down a bit with local memes (e.g. dadio or Nocturne related, as you two seem to appear the most often). At the same time, sticking to hype object should be fine; after all, it's what the hype object is for. ^^"
(oh, by the way, speaking of strict deadline: I take that one-hour grace period for last minute bugfixes, panicked recompilation to not-an-installer and uploading struggle still applies?)