Seeing as mods on these forums often come in for a fair amount of grief, I thought it timely to call to readers' minds the thanklessness of the task and the shortage of people willing and able to do it. Without moderation, most forums become unreadable, being filled with junk from mad or terminally inarticulate people, or taken over by tedious personal vendettas. (We see some of that here, in fact, due to the light-touch moderation policy. I'm sure it would become far worse if there were none at all.) While mods have a duty to separate their moderation decisions from their personal prejudices, some may not manage to do so all the time. It's human nature. While we should of course point this out when we think it occurs, I think we should do so with a degree of sensitivity, as we do actually need them more than they need us.