Bootstrapping: who can speak for a community?
Our initial communities will almost certainly be groups of users from SE communities. A mature community should choose its own moderators and those are the people who can speak for the community when requesting things from the instance admins, but what should we do initially, before things are that far along?
For the Writing community, current and recent SE moderators were among the users coming here so we took the expedient approach: if you were a mod on Writing.SE, you could be a mod on the QPixel Writing site for the asking. That works if mods are among the initial users.
What should we do if that's not the case?
There aren't a lot of moderator powers on Qpixel right now (close/reopen, delete, see flags), and there's not a lot of per-site customization available (as far as I know). The stakes are currently low, but I'm asking this question now because having an answer before we have a live case seems like a way to reduce drama. The answer could still be "we'll wing it", but this is a chance to discuss it before we open for business.
So: should SE mods automatically be "pro-tem" mods? And who should be if a community doesn't have any imported mods?