I've always said the divisions between mods and the rest of us it far too large. Forums I've been on previously have had mods and people who are allowed to combine and move threads as different things. I think they're missing a trick because I know several people on this forum who would be good for the job.
What's the point of any of it? You try and help people and you get told you're not a mod and to fuck off. You tell people to use the stickies (because it's the rules and they'll get banned) and you get told to fuck off because you're not a mod. I think if more infractions were given out for spamming, failure to search and proper use of the forum in general then it'd get better pretty quick.