I haven't been a part of SE for long enough to know much about how moderators are chosen, but would it help us if we picked a few key heavy users, and made them moderators? Or is it too early for that? I'm thinking that we should have a few mods for this site only, until the site is ready to leave beta, at which time we should give the community another chance. Anyone have any thoughts on this matter?
See this article on Moderator Pro Tempore the timelines may slip a bit depending on Robert and Rebecca's workload.
A couple of weeks into the beta SOIS (the people that run the site) will choose moderators pro tempore (temporary moderators) based on people they feel they can trust while the site develops in the beta. Once the site launches, the community will choose their own moderators through an election process.
Example from Programmers.SE:
I know Programmers.SE intimately, but the process is the same for all Stack Exchange sites.