I'm inclined toward completely anonymous moderation. Moderators presenting as Identity-less automatons, effectively. I'm even in favor of the userbase in general not knowing who all of the moderators are. The same way we're not allowed to know Devs' mains' names. Moderator X10 = ? Could be Silver, Morwen, Havo, Jek, Ghost, or anybody. Of course, they may or may not post their moderation IC - as forum drones, AI programs existing inside the
matr forum itself.
While there are plenty of posters I'd just as soon not have to be bothered with, I think the only way this thing will avoid at least some of the preemptive cries of bias and unfairness and other such canned goodness is to have the doors open to all and let the bad eggs weed themselves out all over again, this time in-character.
Despite the flaws inherent, and yes, I do recognize them, I think it's best to do the trial run here, rather than go to the effort and trouble of putting up the new board, finding a suitable theme, overhauling that theme's CSS, adding elements that do not previously exist (such as faction tags for threads, which also means shooping). This way, if it's just a terrible idea at its core, we'll find out here in and avoid a lot of extra rigamarole later.
I hadn't read into the faction tagging idea an exclusivity - in the sense of "Amarr tagged, only Amarr characters may post." I took the suggestion to mean more in the sense of tagging a thread as related to that faction. So if someone has no interest in Caldariboos, then they don't have to bother clicking on the thread at all. If the exclusivity of topics within faction is desired, I think that would be better handled by Factional subforums with assigned usergroups. Graelyn, for instance, would be assigned the Amarr Bloc usergroup, while DeT Resprox would be assigned the Minmatar Bloc usergroup, and so forth.
I'm still partial to centerstage.eve-inspiracy.com.
I like video feeds. Nothing like watching some poor schmuck get their head blown off, amirite?