i dissagree with public voting. however, i do like the idea of public nominations. would it be possible to try, just for one or two mods, with the understanding that after 3-6 months, they will be re-evaluated? the idea would be to have nominations go as jediguy suggested, and from that, the mods can chose the new moderators. in the end the mods will have final say, but it will be from a pool that the community creates.