This was posted in the Jeff resignation thread but will probably be buried under the pile of well deserved cudos to Jeff re: his fine job as a moderator so I'm posting it here as well.
I think that sites like this can be largely "self-moderated." What I mean by that is if a post is objectionable in any way, one can just ignore it and go on with life. If such a post draws indignant replies, who cares? Ignore them too.
Foul language? So what. Most of the world hears and uses it evey day in normal conversation (c'mon, admit it) but when reduces to print, all of a sudden we need our dignity protected by a moderator.
Self-moderation would involve members hitting the alert button if they feel the need to and the moderators' jobs would be limited to acting with respect to the alerts but would not need to peruse every single post.
I don't know how you have time.
I just don't think that we members need to quite so "protected" as is the case given fulltime moderation.
Just my view.