Fanboys are supported and adored, and anyone with discontent is hushed up
As a voice that usually is considered as "discontent" as you described it I have to say I am never hushed, the only time I have been quieted is when my posts degraded into attacks and became irrelevant to the topic of the thread. I have never been hushed up and you can check my posts. I am no fanboy.
I am loyal to this site though as in my early years this site saved my skin with amazing advise. I just try to return the favor now.
system by letting people semi-moderate their own threads by hiding/unhiding posts
I have seen similar solutions and they are not bad. The downside is this mechanism can be used as a way of censoring unpopular speech. Of course there are up and down sides to every solution.
I mean, look at this moderator above my post - he says ....
He is just quoting and enforcing the TOS of this site. I don't see why you take it out on him. If you don't like the TOS that is fine, but dissing the guy enforcing them isn't productive.
He's a moderator? Really?
Yes he is enforcing and quoting the terms of the site, really what more do you want from a mod?