How about 'Steward' for the Gondorians, 'Mouth of Sauron' for the Orcs, Mayor for the Hobbits.... a title rather than a person. And forums for the 'leaders' to publish their decrees and for specific issues to be raised. Maybe we could have 5-a-side football - Hobbits -v- Orcs and parties in Lothlorien!.
As for another title, I quite liked the idea of "guides", but now I've read Vee's idea I think that ones a lot smarter! And it would look soooo nice.
So, what would the Council members do? Isn't this rather taking their role away? Don't get me wrong, I quite like the idea of race/location 'leaders' , it could generate a lot of interest and activity.
Uhuh! But what I meant to say is that the "leaders" should be the ones to take *some* of the work off the hands of the council members, so they can launch new features and ideas, control the forum even better than they do now, rather than busying themselves with questions from newbies and sorting out all sorts of small problems, if you know what I'm saying.
I do like the election idea, but as Legolaslass pointed out, it would be better if people step forward as a candidate first, and then have everyone to vote. Otherwise you might get chosen without really wanting to (there can be various reasons, lack of time being only one).
I've run out of ideas now.
I really really really like this idea! It could be fantastic! And I'm sure it would be a great help to both the newbies and the council.