Hi, I am Nij.
Why would I be a good moderator?
Board & Card Games SE is one of my oldest accounts on the network, and the site with my second-highest reputation total. I'm familiar enough with what should happen, what does happen, and why things happen here.
I am a current moderator at Sports SE. I am familiar with the tools available and how to use them, how to avoid "breaking the team" and where to go when I need more support. I know the importance of working with and for people, to maintain quality on a comparatively small site, helping it be more attractive and useful.
I am well-versed in the Stack Exchange network, having accounts used daily or weekly across a dozen sites with diverse topics, including Meta Stack Exchange. My participation is not always in the open, but I keep a close eye on what's happening network-wide, whether it is potential change that we can benefit from or danger that we can prepare for.
My voting record stands at around 230 up and 950 down; 530 close and 14 reopen; 36 delete and 0 undelete; and 300 votes on deleted posts. My visible record has the same total, but note that it confusingly counts all non-upvotes as downvotes.
- 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?
In the first instance, I'd invite them to talk. People don't just give up their time for free without seeing some benefit.
Altruists want to help because they're passionate. How can we help them direct the passion more constructively, give then tools to channel their energy and time more usefully, focus them on building great content that doesn't require constant defence?
Egoists want to look good, to know people view them positively. How can we help them identify the perspectives with a negative view of the behaviour, and recognise why it is seen that way? How can we help them get the acknowledgement they earn, without detracting from the greatness of our other contributors.
If that discussion doesn't help or improvement can't occur, the mod team can look at escalation. More blunt recommendations, formal warnings, brief suspensions as warranted.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
As I've done in the past, I'd ask them what they were thinking and whether the alternative approach would be workable. I have no shyness in putting my reasoning forward, and accepting a robust response, in the privacy of the moderator chatroom, to ensure our site gets the best outcome.
I've been convinced otherwise of a decision more than once, and likewise had people change their minds, by respecting the person enough to ask in private and respecting their ability enough to justify a change instead of simply saying it should be made.
- How will you handle questions that are borderline off-topic or otherwise low quality, and can't be trivially saved by an edit, but might be considered acceptable by a reasonable person (just not you)? Does being a moderator change your action in any way on these questions compared to not?
Fortunately, Stack Exchange has built in the tools for exactly this situation: comments, closing, and chat
We frequently get posts that show the glimmer of a good query, but are otherwise hampered by something that makes them difficult to answer or difficult to use.
There's no harm in commenting about a concern and requesting more details or clarity or focus. Sometimes a question might be okay if the answers are kept on point, and we can take the risk of letting them come; sometimes we need to put the brakes on until we (mods and users) know exactly what's going on.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
Handle things for the community that the community can't do for itself.
Sometimes an individual is able to evaluate a situation and make a decision that a group of people is unable to successfully manage. It may involve private information and communication, it may involve seeing the need for action and taking it or (preferably) pointing it out explicitly and inviting others to act, it may involve being the focal point for collating the wondrous sundry thoughts of thousands so they can communicate effectively with dozens of others.
- 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?
We see everything more clearly with better light shining on it. I'm happy for everything I write publicly to be read publicly.
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
As I said above, moderators handle things for the community, that the community cannot handle itself.
That's always been a job I do better - finding the exceptions to the pattern, pulling at them to get the whole tangled mess isolated, and then working through the knots to make it clear and functional again.