Many people have a negative response to the idea of a “moderator” on a list of equals, where everyone is sharing with each other like a team. On small lists, I have often made everyone on the list an owner and/or moderator.
A moderator is "someone who presides over an assembly, meeting, or discussion” like a president or chair person.
People respond better to “manager” which is usually a more accurate description. People seem to think of it more as a technical support role.
Just a thought unless others experience the same phenomenon.
Sharon Villines, Washington DC
"Let us make a special effort to stop communicating, so we can have some conversation." Judith Martin