The hyperbole isn’t necessary but it doesn’t ultimately have to be me. While my suggestion is putting someone not so popular in place is the intent I can also understand from the outside looking in and doing a complete 180 to the opposite end of the spectrum (such as myself) could also be “worrisome” to others. I’m not naive enough to think otherwise.
I think logically if you look at society (from an interpersonal perspective) and how forums like this work what we are asking a moderator to do and what most popular/actively posting members want to achieve are typically going to be at odds.
The sheer fact that a very active member has a lot of posts means they know a lot of what’s going on and the people involved (hypothetically). Through that, whether they realize it or not, pre-formed opinions will be created on individuals even if they are subtle in the back of their head. Especially as they talk with people over time.
A moderator needs to be unbiased and willing to put time in to do the job. The latter is assumed to be doable if it’s an active poster that’s around a lot (which is probably a safe assumption). Where it goes sideways is the former piece and ensuring folks can make objective decisions across the board.
It’s important to note that none of my comments are specifically about any moderators right now or in the past. I just generically think that having some of the most popular posters be mods doesn’t set the mod team up for success very well. While it may work, it probably won’t happen often. I liken it to having an organizations top sales person teach the rest of the team his tricks of the trade. He might very well be good, but that doesn’t mean he has the passion/expertise to really teach the others. For all we know his methods really only work for him.
This is longer than I intended but at the end of the day things (for the most part) have been going well since Suineg stepped up and took our community over. What I would hate to see is the continued stress/annoyances (that could probably be avoided with the right team) push him to being less involved and/or move on. I’m not saying it will ever happen but I’d like to do everything we can to mitigate it from becoming reality.