I have been a moderator on a number of websites, and I have always noticed the same trend: when I first join, people appreciate me for whatever I add to the website, and I'm just one of the many active users. However, when I become a moderator, some people suddenly start treating me like some kind of superstar, and I start getting quite a lot of unwanted attention. Since I'm a moderator, I can't simply tell them off when I don't like this. Instead, I start being way more reserved, and through time, people start perceiving me as detached.
This is something I absolutely do not want though. It seems like distancing myself from the community is a way to protect myself from unwanted attention, but it is backfiring against me, and even keeping me from enjoying interaction the way I did before.
How can I keep myself from letting this happen?
(Disclaimer: I'm exaggerating the facts a bit, for clarity's sake.)