I have a sub in which the other mods are not entirely reliable. There is a spam filter and the sub runs smoothly for the most part without moderation, but is/are there better ways than to just hope for the best?
closed as too broad by Monica Cellio, Andy♦ Aug 14 '14 at 16:33
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There are at least two styles of moderation that I can think of right now, so I'll try to address them both.
My go-to would be to find some sort of protégé in the mod community and actually and publicly charge him/her with your moderation duties for the term. This way, people know who to come to and there is an explicit sense of responsibility on the person you charge.
Big Ball of Modly-Wobbly Stuff
This one is trickier. There's no real single source of responsibility here. In this case though, I think the mod community will be able to handle one person leaving (depending on how large it is). If it is very small, the time-based suggestion should work, too.
First of all, is there anything you can do about this? You have bigger problems than taking a vacation if this is true. If you have several examples of them acting up, you can tell a higher-up person. If you don't feel like you can trust the other moderators, then it might be best to just leave.
Other than that:
You need to either fix this situation or get out of it as soon as you can. Not trusting the other mods is a bad thing and can hurt your reputation and your site that you moderate.