Emma had the idea of there needing to be moderator consensus to add or remove moderators. After a demod/mod request is registered with the system, each mod would vote - either 50% + 1 or 2/3 majority, depending on the size of the mod list.
This would be a lot better than reddit's hierarchical structure - where the mods that were added first can remove anyone under them without accountability.
Another idea being floated is to have a certain percentage of mods (maybe 40%) as the 'senior mods' and the rest would have less power. The senior mods could be defined by time since they were appointed, contributor activity, moderator activity, or something else. They would be able to add mods and remove mods, while the junior mods wouldn't have those permissions.
This second idea isn't as horizontal as the previous idea, but it's still a lot closer to democratic than reddit.
We could also do it the way r/metanarchism does it, with users that have a 3+ month posting history on the particular board getting to vote in mod elections. Except only one vote per IP address would be counted so people can't hijack the vote with sock puppets.
Any other ideas? Let us know.
This idea will also be implemented unless there are any objections. Inactive mods will be automatically removed from their subs.