How about allowing other users to give reputation points to other users?
E.g. An author consistently puts out good mods, give them a +1 reputation point. Someone is hateful or annoying, you can give them a -1 reputation point.
This also could be a way of earning money from the site, allowing only premium users (who pay, for example, a one time fee of $2-$5) to give +1/-1 points, while free users can only give neutral reputation comments.
Just a small idea I had
Similar to the system found on many forum sites.