What are the philosophical ramifications for having moderators? If you believe we should have them, then what personal characteristics should moderators have? Should they be more "moral" than the rest of us? Certainly, anyone given the "power" (for lack of a better word) to edit the words of others should display a high level discretion and integrity. After seeing a few moderators engage in arguments based on emotion rather than reason, I wonder if moderators should not be allowed to participate in discussions. Perhaps, they should remain impartial bystanders.