First off: Lot of good discourse in this thread. Lame pun intended.
Disagree w/above though. Too much added complexity. KISS.
Tough crowd, always with the tomatoes... try this one:
Let the Mods be Mods, let the Users be Users and Admins be King & Queen, forum developers could be Heros!
Granted it's more BOWIE than KISS but you get the point right?
Oooh, la, la!!! Good one. Yeah, I'll take Bowie. Had the good fortune to see Bowie live way back in the day. Spectacular showman. Indeed. Followed Stevie Nicks. But I digress....
Maybe you missed that I got your point. At least w.r.t. the root causes of the issue. My point is that AI is not the solution for all things because AI, by its very nature, lends itself to becoming gamified and one consequently finds themselves in a never ending bot arms race.
A community needs to behave like an actual community and help the good guys do their jobs policing the bad guys. We need the human factor because we need the human touch and human oversight. And hopefully some human hard won wisdom as well.
The larger the community the more mods, etc. required. We all get that many lurk, fewer post, fewer yet are active contributors..... But hopefully.... on a prayer and one wing... good mods and helpers emerge. And it seems they will, in my experience, but it takes time - needs to develop organically and no real short cuts.
In the meanwhile... are we able to make a knob that actually works for that? With us rather than against us? Tough cookie, for sure.
Oh and can we have a better grammar-typo bots for my posts...