Answer by rick , Husband, father, coffee addict, dork · Mar 08, 2010 at 06:56 PM
The system is very robust in the sense that it is reliable and works, but I suspect you're asking about granularity. It almost sounds like you're looking for fine-grained control of the permissions, and you may be pointing to an intriguing direction we could establish for implementing admin control. The present (legacy) system has hard-coded values to check if a user has sufficient karma to perform an action. It would be cool to allow each type of action to be independently controlled by the site owner.
We are currently scouring the code to isolate and refactor these values. This may be the perfect time to rethink how the privileges are granted.