heh.... I remember when I first came to this forum, I asked Weedpacket here what it takes to be a mod. I didn't want to post a topic, mainly because it's just one of those things you shouldn't talk about publicly. But for informational purposes, I wanted to know (so I can trust the mods' responses and such).
Anyway, he replied and said that you'd be approached if found worthy. over 2,000 posts later, I'm enjoying myself and I'm not a mod. Really, if you want to be a mod, just lead by example. Report posts that aren't supposed to be posted (job-postings for example). Read the rules and refer new members to read them.
Moderating is a job
No, moderating is not a job. Moderating is a voluntary position. Members of a volunteer organization don't devote 40 hours per week, standard, for their position. It's their free-time they devote. Volunteering won't keep you under a roof, fed, and clothed. Your job will. Moderating is a privelege, and it should only be granted to those who have proven themselves, and are known to be knowledgable in most areas of that forum.
NOTE: The scouting organizational leaders on the national (and possibly international) level don't count. They're paid to be "professional" scouters. Also, any organization that compensates, monitarily, its volunteers is a company, not a volunteer organization. Compensation in the form of "dinner cash" or "tips" doesn't count as payment as you're spending it at that time, pocketing it and living off of it.
I can say this with conviction because I'm a moderator, and now board admin, on other boards. Given, I don't spend too much of my time around them (mainly because I'm here), but I do lurk every now and again to see if I can help. It's not because they're worse boards than here, it's just that they're slower (for now).
Honestly, if you're "applying" for a position (allbeit saying "pick me pick me" or "I'm interested if you want me") that doesn't accept applications, you deserve the repercussions.
You want to be a mod? Just post and let your actions speak. Actions speak louder than words, and speak for your true character, not the one you want others to see.