You're missing the main point. Self control and personal responsibility. Even if you see the ignored persons quotes you still need to be adult enough to take control. The only time Dottie should get a complaint is if someone is in danger or has been threatened. Other than that we should be adult enought to monitor ourselves and stop crying to mom (Dottie).
I definitely agree with this...you hit the nail on the head. Everyone is free to ignore posters who bother them - whether with the actual ignore button that BDC kindly provided, or the good old fashioned way of just controlling yourself and not replying to them. If someone doesn't care for Softlaw or Pike or Georom or whoever, they don't have to read their posts or engage with them...simple as that. No one here can get under your skin if you don't allow them to, or force you to get into a back-and-forth with them.
I'm a fan of laissez-faire moderating (not that my opinion means anything)...given the above, I think the situations in which a moderator needs to step in to delete posts or ban posters should be very limited. However, if the board IS to be aggressively policed, I don't think having several "citizen moderators" who know the board well and have a stake in it would be the worst idea in the world.
There is no way in h-e- two sticks your idea would work. Sorry. As soon as the moderators would be named, just as quickly the annimosity and fighting would ensue. For example, if Bill was put in charge there are a NUMBER of people that would take issue with that one. There is no one here that would be impartial. Sorry. But, if Dottie gives it a green light it will surely be entertaining.
I disagree that we couldn't find any posters who would be fair and responsible if entrusted with such a task. The likely problem is that, as with running for elected office, the best and most suitable probably wouldn't be interested (though Southpaw has volunteered, and I do think he'd do a good job).
Of course, it's all a moot point as this would never happen. Fun idea to toss around, though.