Thread had been promoted to an article, which is meant to convert the first post into an ingress/sticky - trouble is the feature is bugged, and when you do that page navigation forces a reply field, and from there things get wonkier. Demoted the thread to an old vanilla thread, and magic happened. Seriously, plain magic, there was no need for sacrifices. Or maybe not, as I tested the solution on an old Lunas thread, so...
HAH! You got all overnighted and officerified! Congratifcations!
While we're at it, officer thingy/job is a player position, not a toon's - that is, the officer is the person. So unless you want to keep an alt on the outside for other cabaling / banking / privateering - ping Beecher, Anuschka or me with who your alts are so they get also punted up to rarefied heights - it helps a lot not needing to switch characters to take care of business