I'm not too familiar with the process, so hopefully someone can clarify here. Do we need any moderators for the public beta, which seems to be coming up in less than 2 days? Will members of the official StackExchange team act as temporary moderators during this beta?
There are already members of the SE team who are registered on the site and have moderator powers, but I don't think they participate heavily in the site.
The moderator-choosing process is described in e.g. this post on Meta Stack Overflow but here's the gist: about a week after the public beta starts, temporary moderators will be chosen by the Stack Exchange team, based on community input. Then later on, after the end of the beta period, there will be an election of permanent moderators - or rather, an election of moderator candidates to indicate who the community prefers, but I'm sure the results will be reviewed by the SE team and the final choice is up to them.
I think it is time for an election