How many users do you think will get to TL3?
Right now, this forum has only 29 (maybe 1/3 of which are Team Discourse)
I don't know the number of members this forum has (maybe @codinghorror can provide that info?)
but I'm guessing 29 is an extremely small percentage of the total.
True, you can adjust the criteria, but doing so will also affect other TL3 abilities that you may or may not want to. i.e.
Granted recategorize, rename, followed links and lounge
As a Moderator, I do feel somewhat uncomfortable with this deviation from what has been strictly under the control of appointed Moderators.
BUT IMHO anyone who does make it to TL3 Leader status has proven themselves as Trustworthy. And giving them these abilities should be a help and reduce Moderator workload.
Will any ever make mistakes? Are they human?
But even if they do make a mistake, it can be undone, they can be politely educated about the mistake, and if they prove untrustworthy can be demoted.