The first issue we’ve had just in exploring things: We have a top-level category but want everyone to post in sub-categories. There’s still a “new topic” button for moderators that looks totally normal, so they could (and did) inadvertently post a topic that normal users see but can’t respond to.
But the broader thing is the issue of wanting to give someone we trust higher level access (even full admin) but there are actions we want them to be really hesitant to do and avoid doing unilaterally unless necessary. It would just be nice to have some visual indication that something was a special admin action so they are extra careful with it.
The different views between two users are significant enough that logging in as two different users doesn’t strictly clarify what the non-admin experience is compared to admin. If a single-user could log-in and out of “admin” status, that would be cleanest way to understand the experience of non-admins.
I do think more experience will get us used to the status quo, but having this harder divide between admin and non-admin (and also mod and non-mod) tools / actions would make everything clearest to everyone.