Well, there's always going to be controversy when even one mod is appointed, but such a large and diverse amount? Remember when FishyJoe was going to become a mod? That was hell, and that was just one person!
Eventually people will stop their whining, get used to change, and accept the new mods. We'll make some progress at that point.
Those points would definitely help, but they probably won't stop some of our...hrmmm....forum legends.