First, I don't want to throw blame in any way or at anyone. I was a ghost on the site for a long time before I joined. When I first looked at OH back in 2016 mods seemed to be more present and involved then they are now. They were always wandering around the site and posting in threads. Now only a few do so. I think that it had a policing effect, in that it made users behave better because they knew that the mods were there. More public appearance of mods might help. Also I genuinely believe that we need more mods. Instead of just asking for volunteers why not ask the general population of OH who they think might make a good mod and approach those users. It might give better results. Maybe a pm survey. I want OH viable as a site for a long time so I hope that things get better for us all.
While I think its a nice idea to sort of elect a mod in a way, We hire mods the way we do because its really not a job for everyone and it can get pretty emotionally taxing at times. Its just not the sort of thing we would want to pressure someone into even if others feel like they'd do a good job. We'd like for it to purely come from a place of willing to help and even then it still too hard for some.
As for being more active I try my best to comment here and there. And we're looking into more ways to engage everyone so users can have more fun it doesn't feel like some omniscient evil Big Brother watching over everyone.