Mods will be 'sub-commitee' roles....so, while it isnt directly related to the discussion at hand, it is still relevant to clarify the role
Nova - the 'protection from accusation of bias' is a valid point - I have been, shall we say, 'insinuated to' that I have been biased in some dealings. <shrug> (One of our more colourful previous members), but I do always try to give people another option - ie: If Im too close to the situation, then folks can talk to another Mod. On occasion Ive asked other board members to deal with a person or situation.
I do think the set-up we have is well designed to protect against bias - being a committee in the first place, having a limit on the percentage of 'commercial members' that can hold positions...forum wise, the mod team is a good mix of wahms and non-wahms, from different geographical locations (we were a bit heavy on the christchurch gals for a while there
), and most decisions and situations are discussed.
Of course - there is ALWAYS someone that will cry fault with any situation. But, so long as the board can prove neutrality if pushed to - and of course, as long as the culture of TNN continues to be open and inclusive, then 99% of people will have trust in that neutrality already.
One issue that may be relevant for 'commercial members' to think about, is that their advertising etc will be scrutinized much more closely than WAHMs not on the board. This is one reason why I have done very little advertising here, even though I dont even make nappies.