Seems like Xenforo could use some spammer tools themselves. In just a few minutes, there have been like ten spam threads started and no mods online to deal with them. Why doesn't this site incorporate one of the many spammer plugins that use the spam databases to keep spammers out?
elder members should propose the idea of community voting on a few select / trustworthy "elders" with some "moderator abilities".. and perhaps a few from different time-zones as well. that way they could help the current staff team when normal staff aren't around here, like an extension arm to the team. not necessarily more moderators, just normal elder members with some capabilities.