(If I don’t manage to insult you with a backhanded compliment, or compliment you with a forehanded insult, you aren’t paying attention.)
By definition, we are “thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet.” Smart and hip people tend to flaunt their natural superiority. This may not be done consciously! In fact, just by being superior to the masses, they stand out and are very annoying, especially in a democracy.
A thought experiment: Pretend you are another person, in all ways your equal, listening to you mouth off on some topic, whether you know anything about it or not. Now, be honest. How long will it take before you want to punch this guy in the nose? Ten minutes? Five? Now, imagine you are one of the Mods, having to listen to THOUSANDS of us. It’s bad enough when we aren’t addressing the Mods. When we do, how often are we complaining about them?
Can you blame them for being a little short tempered? Heck, I’d be buying a gun by my second day as a Mod.