Shadow Wizard Hates Omicron
While I admit not being very active in this specific community, I am very active on Meta Stack Exchange and very familiar with the network itself.
I am willing to step up and help moderate this site, and of course in case I'll be elected, will become much more active, and get to know the people around me better.
I have experience of years dealing with spam and low quality posts as high rep user, and was moderator in a big forum in the past so have experience on that field as well.
- How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?
If the comments are offensive, or hurting other members in any way, I would send official warning to the user, explaining they can't keep doing that. In case they keep doing it, another warning, then suspension. Nobody is above the law.
However, if it's only my own time that is being consumed it's not so bad, I'll just handle the flags and take the hit, so that the user can keep producing valuable answers.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
I'll take the extreme case of a question I really care about and totally disagree with the other mod. I will contact the other mod in private via a private chat room, asking why they closed/deleted the question. I will also show my own side. In case we don't reach agreement, and I still strongly believe the other mod was wrong, I will reach out to Community Manager, but won't overrule the other mod action on my own, and wait for the CM reply.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
Keep the site clean and civil.
Weed out low quality questions and answers.
Listening to the community and what they have to say. (On the meta site.)
- A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?
Some of the posts I have here are quite personal but I am fine with it, I have nothing to hide, and don't think it can be used against me. Some of my questions were closed and/or deleted and it might be tempting to reopen/undelete them but I'm well aware it's better not to abuse my power. :)
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
Mainly with closing/deleting questions that should be closed and/or deleted, 10k/20k user can't do that on their own. Also being able to remove spammers/offensive users is very useful and important.
- If someone answers an off-topic question before you see it, would you still close the question?
Yes, this is not relevant to the question being off topic. However, in case the answer got any upvotes, I'll think twice before deleting the question, so that the user won't lose the reputation.
- As Parenting has a fairly small community of regular answerers, it is common for moderators to answer questions that they then have to moderate. How would you address moderating a question you answered?
I would not treat it in different way. If the community, or other mods, find the question off topic at later point I will accept it and won't reopen.
Parenting is way less objective than other topics. Different users follow different parenting styles and have different sets of values. Disagreements have the potential for flaring up, especially if they are based on cultural or philosophical differences.
How would you deal with such a conflict? How do you ensure your own objectivity?
I will consult with other mod(s) before taking action or writing something important. If this is something that touch me personally for some reason and makes my mind be in turmoil I will either let the other mods handle it, if possible, or wait until I feel better. I will not act, or write something, while my mind isn't clear about it.