Well if you want a general overview:
the decision to crack down on the idpol gulag came far too late and didn't even feel like it happened because of popular user will but because incels shat up the place so much that they couldn't be ignored anymore, having a shitposting campaign that lasted a whole fucking day and spanning like 3 different threads. while its' a past issue now it just illustrates how little the idea of user input really factors into mod decisions at worst, or how disconnected from user grievances the moderation team is at best, which has been the general feeling of moderation since old BO went off the rocker and killed the place. whenever you have a hierarchy meant to be a defending force to the community, you need a common basis of trust between your moderators and your posters. normally mods don't post with names or flags on, so you can't go by a by-name basis for trust, so instead the whole board relates to moderation as an amorphous construct (before you say the IRC, nobody goes there, and if they do have to go to an IRC to talk to moderation thats already a failure of the system imho). So whenever you have a blunder, whenever there is perceived inaction against shitposting, whenever there is a vote backed by popular will that gets shot down by moderation, ect, it is seen as an action of all of the moderation team even if the blame should be shouldered by a few people. it's not really fair but that is the system we have now - and generally this has lead to all the factions in leftypol having specific grievances against what is probably a few moderators but since the only way they can relate to moderation is moderation as an amorphous blob, they plaster their dislike over all the mods. this ends up having literally about everyone disliking the moderation as a force for their own specific reasons, which in turn erodes any perception of moderation acting with any kind of popular support, which makes the entire mod team seem more like tyrants than community managers. this will always fundamentally be an issue as long as the moderation team doesn't retool how it presents itself and its actions to the wider community, and without fixing it up you'll always have an aura of illegitimacy to all the actions you take - unless, somehow, you please enough factions so the majority of posters have less gripes than they have praise, which has happened about never from what I've seen.
on top of that the whole "captain steering the ship" narrative only works if we know where the fuck the ship is going, and really nobody knows where the ship is heading. now that we have our own site, we've never really solidified a mission objective like we had back on 8chan, which was simple: convert reactionaries via application of semi-vulgarized left theory and slowly integrate them into a left viewpoint through increasing community exposure. now that broke down for a lot of reasons before we even made the move, from the decline in numbers of actual leftists with the old BO boogaloo to the reactionaries in question becoming more and more radicalized to the right for increasingly amaterial and fundamentally incoherent reasons - as one anon put it, prioritizing the idea of the society over the methods of achieving it, making the praxis the afterthought to the goal, which continually moves the fash in a direction that makes their worldview unfalsifiable because it is fundamentally ephemeral ideologically, instead becoming this societal leech that just enables the worst excesses of liberal capitalism, all of this compounding into them being the dumbest and most bellicose of reactionaries that are unable to be reasoned with, /pol/ digging itself deeper into the hole with more and more mass-shootings, and other shit, but we've never really created a new, community wide overarching goal. are we going to be a raiding force to try to reclaim other chans from righties? are we going to focus on internal affairs and retool bunkerchan to be a real alternative to, say, 4chan for lefties? are we going to make hobby boards that aren't strictly leftist and aim for a big-tent strategy and allow for /leftypol/ to be a natural factor for radicalization for people who originally just came for a /v/ without /pol/ or something of the sort? are we going to go for a culture-orientated approach where we make a lot of OC that gets spread to other left spaces, promoting our own video makers, ect to slowly push the online left into a favorable position and equip them with the tools to articulate left theory and action? I mean, we have a little bit of all of this I suppose, but it's nearly all user action. there isn't a real "goal" towards what we are doing, it's more like we're just fucking milling around and shitposting rather than making any real gains, and the most praxis that occurs here is fucking news anon (tybna). a kind of cohesive goal to work towards means less factionalism BS and more community coordination and cooperation, having something meaningful to do with their spare time online.