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If the board gets busy, don't hesitate to ask for volunteer moderators. You will most likely find that your best participants, the quality people who post frequently, and thoughtfully, are going to be the one's most likely to volunteer.
I am an old time regular contributor to a busy board, which is a small part of a much larger site. Hence the webmaster does not really have much time to act as moderator. The solution she found is ingenious: she has asked (by personal emails) several people to each help her moderate one forum. She is still the only moderator, all we do is notify her of problem postings which she then deals with. None of the posters knows that there is are deputy moderators, and none of us knows the identities of the other deputies.
The webmaster gets notification of dubious posts, and we are not publicly labelled as moderators, so can continue to be "normal" citizens of the community.
The potential downside, for some, may be lack of recognition. I certainly do not need it, and much prefer being shielded from the occasional flame about editorial decisions.
This means I have to be much more careful about what I say, and sometimes that can be difficult.
One other downside to the "stealth moderator" system is that being a moderator grants certain admin privileges, and you can quickly take care of the obvious spam posts and whatnot, taking pressure off from the board admin, and gives faster response time to directed attacks.
I still don't know what happened, but somehow at least one of the long time posters (and frequent worst offenders!) found out about my "stealth" position, and notified all of hisser/their close friends on not only that board but others that we all frequented as a "group" in a way (due to the subject matter).
I became persona non grata immediately. Flames, denigration, you name it. My accounts on the other boards were deleted.
I was a really nasty experience. I wouldn't ever do it again.
I still don't know what happened, but somehow at least one of the long time posters (and frequent worst offenders!) found out about my "stealth" position ...
I believe that this can only have hapenned if either you or the real moderator told someone, who told someone, who told someone ...
There is only one way to keep secrets: don't tell anyone.
I even do that here on occasion.