I have no contact with the founding team other than via email, and I conciously didn't apply for the position, even when they opened up applications a few months back. I had no warning either - I just woke up with some new blue stars and an email from Massimo.
Having said this we're not many people and we can't cover all areas as quickly as some of you would like.
I didn't have in mind any "Knighting Ceremony" for the moderators, should we have one?
The criteria is very simple, I'm looking at the ones who have reported the most posts while considering the amount and quality of their contributions.