To become a Mod the sneaky way that you're talking about, you'd have to hack an Admin'* account
Or better yet, all 3, as we'd log on and catch you. You would also have to be fairly familiar with the php software, AND you'd have to have prior knowledge of a couple funny little settings/configurations we've set up for the mods
In other words, you still wouldn't see/be able to do much of what our mods do.
Any attempt at modifying/hacking the db could be very easily rectified. We pull backups 2 or 3 times a week