As an experiment, maybe the forum could run for a weekend without any moderators? What's the worse that could happen? From my experiences, the moderators are often the buggest culprits, hypocrites and instigators of abuse/nonsense/provocation and actually do very little to improve the community.
"I can cry for all sorts of reasons....sadness, onions, racism, not blinking.....But mainly sadness. And onions"