[quote]Originally posted by nx7oe:
<strong>Why don't the existing moderators tell us all what the Perfect moderator needs to be? This could help some of us to try to earn merits in order to be a moderator. Also a Moderator Contest would be nice a la Making the Band and the winner becomes a moderator
Sarcasm aside, robo and I pretty much outlined what we look for when we're looking. There is no concept of "earning merits," and there is exactly 0% chance that we'll hold a contest.
There is wisdom in Paul's posts. A moderator basically volunteers to be part custodian and part babysitter for an internet forum for free. An Administrator volunteers to take on more responsibility, also for free.
It's not a position for kudos seekers or social climbers or people concerned with status; as robo pointed out, we tend not to consider people who seem to think that way. The wise man doesn't trust a weapon to the person who enjoys wielding it.
Just contribute to the boards as best you can, enjoy the community here, and don't worry about the little tag under your name. If I decided to, I could go in and rearrange them at random or disable them altogether, so they don't mean anything substantive.