TheRipMender says:And TheRipMender is currently the smartest person on etsy, congratulations, TheRipMender!
I vote for no one here on etsy at all, not admin, not sellers, not buyers.
Let it be an outsider with no current or previous ties to etsy so as to not cater to favoritism, etc. Also let them be anonymous---we really do not need to know who the moderator is or be their friend.
No, really, I mean that. I fully endorse no current etsy users as a potential new forum moderator, especially not any of the people mentioned in this thread.