I can see how that would add some bias…
If you want to attach brand ambassadorial roles and training and whatever else into the base idea of a “moderator” then fair enough, it doesn’t change the point that less educated, cohesive communities need more mods. More educated and cohesive communities [The thing you’re seeking right?] need less, and less and less…
You asked how to make use of your community to educate…
Form a think tank with 1% of the top/best users [use data explorer plugin] to produce material that educates the user on whatever you want ideally with a youtube video or infographic. Embed this content into the in-house ads set to appropriate trust levels.
Make full use of group review teams for categories and grant them move/edit rights as users where possible. They tend to collaborate over flags and tend their garden with pride, freeing up mods
Give move rights to high trust members generally so they can organically re-tag and sort categories for you and have them leave a note [Moved to X and tagged Y] under the post/.topic. Skew tags and categories make information harder to see and the gestalt harder to “feel” which = more modding.
Divide the userbase superficially into the houses of hogwarts [Or red vs blue doesn’t matter] and put your content into a custom user wizard and grant a team badge for 1st 2nd 3rd place for N members from Teams completing the wizard. Gamify it if it has to be boring.
If you’ve got 10 moderators get rid of one, take half their salary and apply that as a 25 way split for the top 25 most helpful flaggers, paid weekly via paypal or something. Take the other half and give it as a pay rise to the other mods who are doing less trench work more productive work. Repeat as necessary. “Show me the money”.
You consider your work productive, that’s fine. Considering the people who you want to co-opt as trainers in the lounge as productive too would be an ideal conceptual starting point
The fact my mods are so talented at what they do in their professional spheres is what drives me to do all I can to stop them having to mod anything, and be productive on the things they can actually create/produce with/for. Mods here would rather be doing anything else than repeating themselves or dealing with flags I’m sure.