Of course the one thing we should not forget is the simple but important fact that a comprehensible grasp of the queens English would be a necessity, it would seem to some, myself included that the use of telephone text speech is the way of todays future moderators.
I for one will no longer use a forum when that does become the norm of the boards.
I would suggest that to become a moderator of any sorts a person should learn to use the keyboard in front of them to its full potential & try entering a post correctly with all punctuation & spelling in at least a readable manner.
firstly a BIG WELCOME to the mad MDs it will be nice to hear some about the fishing in your country i believe your our first member from there.
on here we try to discourage text talk whenever we can but i think that this site is so good & clean because of the efforts of our mods.
i believe to be a good moderatoryou have to have the following basic qualities
1- have a responceable attitude
2- sense of humour
3- be firm but diplomatic
4- or be named trogg,peter,dave or stu LOL
I have been lurking for a while now. It seems a shame to me that this should be my first post.
I am in full agreement with piscatrious over the use of text talk.
There is no place for abuse of the english language. If an individual cannot take the time and effort needed to compose a request, then they should not bother posting. If they are to idle to do so then they should be ignored.
Sorry, I fail to understand how it can be easier. Once you have learnt how to write and spell in English (or whatever your native language is), how can it be "easier" to learn how to spell those same words again in a different way ?
If I want to learn a different language to English, I'll go for something useful, like French or German, in preference to one that a very small minority of the world population use or are interested in learning.
Part of my job is writing Sales Proposals & Reports, and giving formal Presentations. Any communication, written or verbal, is only effective if the person(s) on the receiving end can interpret and understand it. If the person you are communicating with can't, or won't, attempt to understand the words you are using it is your responsibilty to adapt and use their "language", it is not their responsibilty to go out and buy a Phrase Book so that they can decipher your message.
In summary, if you are 100% confident that the reader can understand text talk use it. If you are in any doubt spell words in full and make it easier on your readers. Believe me they will appreciate it and the quality of replies to your post will reflect that fact.
Becoming a moderator isn't just something to be taken lightly as it does involve a heck of a lot of commitment.
As well as the work you see on the board, there is a lot going on in the background whether it be answering emails, resolving the odd dispute (or causing them ), assisting on the board through PM's, and the list goes on.
It can be a virtual full time job lol, and a voluntary one at that 
At present we have most hours of the day and night covered and can generally respond quickly if an issue arises.
Everyone who uses the board is a moderator in their own right as we do have a system in place where a thread or post can be 'flagged' by any logged-in member if it is in their opinion offensive, etc. The flag is on the bar at the top of each post.
This sends an alert out to all the moderators detailing all the information that we need to respond to the post including any neccessary info that we may need should the need arise to pursue it further - effectively 4 mods with 900+ pairs of eyes 
Added to that several members have phone contact with the mods so even if we aren't in front of the monitors (rare moment), we soon can be
All in all MD's must be the most heavily modded forum on the net - and I'm not just talking about Stu's and Trogg's combined weight  lol