Lewis Namier once remarked:
Although we know that most men's actions are conditioned by factors other than reason, in practice we have to assume their rational character.
Does Namier’s assumption of the ‘rational character’ of action hold for the moderators of SE forums? My impression is that once an individual is granted SE moderator status, they have the unilateral ability to interpret and determine the underlying meaning, tone and manner of all comment threads (this matters only when threads become fractious).
Are moderators immune from justifiable accusations of procedural browbeating, bullying and goading of lower status participants?
What functions are in place that act as checks and balances on the arbitrary exercise of moderator power?