I plan on taking a knack at this and sharing thoughts on how each of the principles are organized with a little input from my experience with the SUMO community forums and social support, in which I mainly hide my ostrich head.
How I see technical experts defined for SUMO:
These are users that exhibit a vast knowledge of the Product and use that knowledge to help users having issues with the technical products of Mozilla.
These users are also participating in code changes in the kitsune platform, in the past.
These are also specialized users that file bugs and know how to use the technical platforms of other coding communities that Mozilla depends on, like, github, bugzilla, etc
How I see community experts defined for SUMO:
These roles include, but are not excluded to: Locale Leads, Moderators for the different language forums we host, as well as external sites that host their own support forums and link to support.mozilla.org for information (ex. /r/firefox, previously mozillazine, and locale sites that are hosted by leadership from other parts of the organization that also participate in SUMO).
That aside, I believe that they currently do not have equal leadership roles. I think that the knowledge of both are specialized, however I know that some of the technical leaders do not care much about community discussions or organized processes. They just like helping users and being tech nerds. I can assume they have leadership, however they are still governed by the same Forum Rules and Guidelines that have been, and are being revised that they agreed to when they started to contribute to the support forums.
I see them as equally important, but do not want to force any labels of leadership on them in anyway. This may risk their future participation.
I want to be able to equally drive participation in both of these expert tracks as individual personas of the SUMO community and keep the open ease of participation without the daunting, eventuality you will be named a leader if they don’t want it.
That aside, how roles of leadership are defined should not make one person better than the other, but simply be recognized for their talents.
If there is a need for a Technical Expert Role in product support in the forums to meet this recognition requirement for leadership across the organization, I can name the contributors on my fingers from the top contributor list, however, I am not sure of their interest. I would love to experiment with that. For example, there is the “Advanced Firefox Troubleshooting” forum that is used by 3 people, however the people I expect to participate stick to their ‘Top Contributor’ tasks - just answering questions.
I read this article around community management a couple of months ago that I think does a really good job in describing the relationship between two colleagues that are recognized equally for their skills (technical and community labels can be applied to the Batman and Robin ideology they use) - I would be curious what you think:
Therefore, I think the relationship between them is they both have the same purpose - to help Mozilla - however not all of the leaders by your definition here exhibit that. Anyhow it proves your main point that they are equal in value of making decisions, but I still think, outside of leadership that the same value should be placed on new users.