There was some confusion recently in meta discussions about moderators, their selection, user interaction and interventions. So I would like to get a better understanding of what is going to happen in the future. Questions:
When elections are conducted in future, will the winners be surely appointed as moderators? Or is it the discretion of the SE team?
If someone is appointed as a moderator, is s/he going to be a moderator for lifetime? Or is there the possibility that s/he would have to vacate the post after a certain amount of time passes(say, an year or so), and new elections will be held?
To what extent is criticism of the moderators allowed? What actions would trigger a permaban(or rather, a very lengthy ban)?
Is it possible to rehabilitate a user after a permaban? Is there a possibility that the ban would be relaxed later? Or is the banned user allowed to use the site with a new account? Again, what is the policy about multiple accounts for the same user(as long as there is no sock-puppetry)?
What is the preferred style of moderation? More precisely, are the moderators supposed to get actively involved in the site activities monitoring each question closely, or is it going to be a rather minimal role in which most work is delegated to the users and moderators enter the scene only when someone flags for moderator attention, etc?
What is the precise distinction between moderators from the SE team, and moderators appointed from the user pool, other than that the SE team would be providing technical support? What would be possible trigger-points for SE team taking over from the "ordinary" moderators?