I made this suggeestion in one of the threads that were deleted somet time ago, and I think it's worth dedicating a thread to the idea.
I think this forum is in need of an active community moderator. Most of the topics here go off-the-rails pretty quickly, and especially during the recent drama of fake accounts and soap-boxes. And more than this, threads also become overtly negative incredibly quickly, and whilst I've sometimes contributed to this environment, it's still pretty irritating to read a thread that starts off innocent or serious enough but quickly becomes an exercise in 'How many smart innuendoes can I fit into one post?'
It doesn't need to take up a significant portion of the admins work-load: I'm sure you could farm the relatively minor role of moderating the content of the forums out to users who'd be willing to do it for free. I also don't think the risk of empowering a bad moderator is particularly high as I think the forum already has a poor reputation (at least amongst the people I've met or know from this website). And I do think it would make a huge difference in establishing a better sense of community and encouraging more people to use the forums without the fear of being made fun of or ridiculed.