No that i am in any way an authority on the situation here.
But, in my opinion making regulars (Of which i no longer am), a mod by effectivly deputising them…sort of creates a ssystem more prone to being abused by the mods themselvs.
Now im not saying that people would do this, but one has to do a risk assessment, even if only mentally. What would happen is that many regulars would then get many of the same powers as a moderator. This increases the risk of accidental and intentional abuse of moderation powers.
I’m an admin on a facebook political debate group, so I know a little but about these things, but i dont dare call myself an expert… but, we have around 500 members, give or take a few, (I think its actually closer to 480 but whatever), but, it there was a system that meant that members who were very active, were given powers over other members to do what they wanted, you can bet your bottom dollar that there would be abuse of that power.
The Admin team, consisting of myself and six other people, run a pretty tight ship, but we cant be on every comment thread of every single post in the group. So we have a report system, we have a keyword alert system, and they work very well for Ad-homenim attacks in debate (which is against the rules).
Now, why have i explained this?
Well there are seven people for just under 500 people. And in here, and on the site, there are different challenges.
If there were too many mods on here, then there would be a much higher chance of overeach by the mod team. It would also become more and more difficult to keep the hierarchy in a condition whereby it would be able to self sustain. If i were to for example, add seven more admins to my team on the facebook group, then that would be seven more people which would perhaps not all be on the same page, and feel the same sense of responsability to not abuse their power. Perhaps they are fantastic, but the risk is there that at least some of them, would overstep. Which would be a price far too high to cut down on waiting times for the call mod option.
The idea of a lower level mod, that is spesifically (Trained) or chosen for a spesific duty, and can only act in those cases… that is an idea worth some salt. How it could be done… i dont know.
But, we do not want to put in to play something which could be worse than the actual problem itself.
This is the thought process here…
I know… i would not abuse the powers given to me, if i were made a moderator. But, that still does not stop accidental abuses of power, it only promises i will not purposfully abuse that power… but only i know that.
Then there is… How well am i known? How reliable am i? Can i be trusted? These are all things that the current admin/ mod team have to think about before they let anyone become a moderator.
So, bringing on the team a whole bunch of new people to cover more ground, may achve that in the short term, but may cause far more problems in the long term.
Sorry if i rambled, i wanted to cover as much of my thought process as possible.
((Also, as a note… I dont think I would make a good moderator. im not very reliable in terms of my activity and mental health, which makes me inactive for long periods of time. ((Not that i was a canditate ((I’ll shut up now))))))