One comment on the "how many times has a mod posted in his forum in the past month" line of discussion: Its important to note that which forum is involved make a big difference as far as that goes. Some forums, such as fan sites (to name one example), don't have much traffic - only a bare handful of posts in a month wouldn't be anything out of the ordinary, and might even be enough to qualify the mod as one of the more active users in the forum. On the other extreme, a couple dozen posts in a month in the JCC for one of that forum's mods could be a significant problem, and probably would be. So just saying a mod only posted x number of times in his/her forum in the past month without taking the specific forum into account doesn't really work. I'm not saying that such can't give insight as to how much of a "user" aspect exists for mods, but that straight numbers don't work. Which you probably already realize, I'm just putting it out here as a reminder. Also, just to give my own perspective, which admittedly is one from someone who hasn't been a mod all that long (roughly 6 months, I think) - I know I still see myself as a user first and mod second. I read most of the posts in the Arena already before I was promoted and about the only change is that I make a little extra effort into checking into the threads I don't normally participate in (NASCAR, NHL). I probably spend a little bit more time here than I used to, but not too significantly so. The only times I really think of myself as a mod is when I happen to see the occasional swear word, or perhaps a spamvertiser, or something like that. Even in MS discussions with the other Arena mods (such as about what game to run next, etc) its still primarily a user-perspective Granted, in addition to my being fairly new, the Arena is probably one of the easier forums to have this attitude with - there aren't too many problems. I've only had to make a few edits or warnings and a couple of locked threads in six months (or however long its been), which a JCC mod would reach in almost no time at all (less than a day at times, probably). All that said, I can see how this can go two directions - how users perceive mods of their forum (as another user or as an ivory-tower mod) and how mods perceive themselves in their forums - and the two certainly aren't always the same. That should be one thing the Moderator Review Process was doing - letting mods know how users perceive them. I don't like the idea of forced demotions, especially after a set period of time - some mods probably lose touch fairly quickly (within a year or so) and some can go several years and still be doing a good job of being a user and mod. It would be good if all the mods did an honest self-evaluation of this, because that would be a good starting point. It has to start with all being completely honest with themselves, though, because I could see it being easy to convince oneself that he or she is more in touch with the community than he/she actually is.