I thought about this. I thought ‘well maybe the mods don’t want to just choose a leader, they want us to approve of their choice(s).’ This is one of my best solutions. If you have another suggestion, I am listening.
I think that with a few exceptions of a few people who are knowledgeable in GKC or the forum, it is just OG forum members who have been active for a long time.
You can look at this to see who these people generally are (more likes = longer active and contributes to community a lot) https://forum.creative.gimkit.com/u?order=likes_received&period=all
TL4 is quite literally the equivalent of moderator on this forum (with actual moderators being admins), so I don’t think it’s very likely for that badge to be given to regular users. Yes, there are plenty of helpful people here who could use that power well, but giving that much power to everyday users of the forums is a risk that I doubt the GK team is willing to take. The TL3 badge gives users a degree of power that is generally enough to keep things sorted without giving irresponsible people too much power, and (as of now) things seem to be working fine as is.
So yes, while it would be nice for the community to have more say in moderation, I don’t think it’s a necessary change. Maybe someday trusted users will be given more power, but I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon.