Maybe I'm misunderstanding, and I hate to be a party-pooper with the well intentioned idea made by Manuel, but don't you think this will still end up being a popularity vote for a single elected member who will still not have the voting power of an admin or mod, only that of a liaison? A paper tiger? No thanks.
When the power of the few controls the masses, the power of the people is only in their numbers.
We have a chance of making changes if we use that power effectively. Groove's original suggestion was an attempt in that direction.
By the way, in principle, I would support moderator elections suggested by him in the OP if there were new elections often (at least 1/year).
If it becomes apparent that we are not allowed to do so effectively by means such as these rule change sessions, then protesting in numbers is an option. But that really only works if there is solidarity and I believe should only be used as a last resort if other means fail.
If we were allowed to have some other bloc of power, such as regional representatives (e.g. by continent) that had equal voting power to admin/mods, then that would be a different story. But I think we have clearly been told that this is a public forum controlled by a private company from the terms and conditions thread
"Please note that, as mentioned above, this is a public forum owned by a private company, who have appointed members to moderate the forum, and to enforce and occasionally update the rules as necessary. When users create an account on this forum, they are agreeing to abide by the rules that govern the forum. As such, the forum rules in place curtail any poster's "right to free speech", and users must accept this when they create an account and use the forum.
If a user feels they cannot, in practice, abide by the rules, for whatever reason, they are free to seek other forums where they might feel more at home. Disagreements about rules or the way forums are run are not always resolvable and occasionally the only solution is that both parties separate."
We have been given an opportunity to have an open rule change session. So far, I only see a small percentage of posters participating. Surely there were many more people complaining about the rules in the various un-ban threads. Where are all these "friends"? Even if they were only to come and say, "I agree", it would show support. Thanks to those who have.