It was not just Ian, the staff and moderators monitored the forum, when I think carefully. Because staff did stop people posting, not just mods. And PN staff were the ultimate arbiters. This is an extract of an email from April 2005 from Dave Tomlinson shows the cross roads that they faced and it was after this, my memory says, that staff were withdrawn from moderation.
As I say give me some time so that we can sort out how we are going to move
the forum forward from here and how the moderators will fit in.