With respect to the Celeb Forum, wouldn't a lot of the mod busywork go away if an OP had the power to change his thread title indefinitely (or for a longer period of time) and if the OP was made responsible for fixing the title when there are adds. You could say, don't start a thread with shit quality or a handful of pics unless you are also willing to 'moderate' the thread as better and more abundant pics turn up. Later posters could PM the OP rather than clog up the Forum Issues thread. Forum Issues would be a last resort when the OP doesn't do his job.
As a user, I would like to know when there are adds in threads I've already visited.
P.S. If this is a technical impossibility, keeping fighting the good fight and I appreciate your bringing order to chaos.