No. What seems hard to understand is that other forums worked far better when moderators left. But, alas, that's fact.
My neighbor had a meteor of solid platinum land in his front lawn, and it's really hard for me to understand why that didn't happen to me, and I just can't get past that fact.
For every forum on the internet that you can name that "worked far better when moderators left", I'm sure we can find hundreds that went the other way. Expecting otherwise is just like waiting for that meteor of solid platinum to land in on your lawn: it could happen, but the smart money bets the other way.