Hey, everyone! I have been a moderator on the site since 2017, and I am excited to put in my nomination to continue serving the community in this role!
- 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?
Assuming that the flags are valid (Occasionally people get targeted for one reason or another), I take a look at the length of time a user has been on the site. If they are newer, coaching them in acceptable behavior and (if badges indicate it hasn't been done) nudge them to go read the relevant help sections. If they are a more established user, a more direct reminder is in order. If it persists, then perhaps an enforced break from the site is needed. Valuable content contribution does not give a user the right to abuse others in any fashion.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
That is a discussion that is had with the moderator that performed the action, and an agreement about how it should be handled (left as is, restored) should be reached. If a consensus among the moderators can't be reached, another recourse is meta, and asking the community to participate and determine whether a question is suitable/appropriate and what should be done with the question.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
Moderators act to maintain the site according to how the community has decided it wants to be run. This is done through meta discussions, where the community decides the policies and methods, and the moderators act according to those decisions. There are also immediate situations (Spam, rage quitting and defacing content, redacting content when necessary) that need a higher level of attention.
- 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?
I am fine with this. A lot of the community knew me as a participant and again as a moderator, and as I am currently a moderator on multiple sites I am comfortable with the role.
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
Immediacy and availability. I am generally on the site most days, a few visits a day. This allows me to view spam alerts, respond to needed interventions (The above mentioned rage/defacing, unapproved content and similar), and while rarely used, the option to suspend users for a period of time for continued offenses.
- Most of us are experts only in our particular styles. How do you plan on adjudicating disputes regarding a style that you are unfamiliar with?
Style disputes are kind of an accepted way of life in the community, and it's really not the role of a moderator to dictate which is better. (TKD by the way :p). What the moderators do is enforce the method. Comments to refine the question or answer, side channel debate can be removed to a specific chat room that gets linked to the question/answer. Other debates can freely go on (civilly) in chat. We don't decide the winner, we just make sure the rules of engagement are followed.
- Bad information is rife in martial arts. How do you plan to handle questions with bad premises ("How do I perform a technique that will drive my opponent's nasal bone into their brain?") and answers that provide incorrect information ("Since UFC fights have no rules, you will want to fishhook his cheek and gently squeeze the testicles to get him to remove his shoulder-lock...")?
We have had questions like this before, and the community pretty well enforces what should be done through the voting system, which is what it is designed for. Downvote bad answers, comment how it can be improved, and provide better answers. In the case of bad questions, they can also be downvoted, commented on how to be improved. In rare instances of obviously wrong and dangerous answers, they can be removed.
- A common conflict in the discussion of martial arts is the distinction between "practical" self defense or fighting, and traditional martial arts, occasionally coming to squabbles with TMA techniques being accused of being "fantasy" or "dangerous only in that a practitioner will think they know how to fight" and people firing back the other direction that the "practical" styles are focused on fanciful self defense scenarios, or specific sports combat situations. How do you plan to handle such squabbles?
This is very similar to the answer for #6. The rules of engagement are already there, comment to improve/refine questions and answers. Offensive content gets removed with a warning to the user. Extended side channel removed to linked chat rooms, and the Be Nice policy enforced.
- Due to the combination of low activity and the occasionally belligerent reactions to particular questions and answers, it's common for new users to not stick around. How do you plan on encouraging community engagement?
This is enforced through the use of the Be Nice policy, and gently pointing new users to the help sections and the about pages to learn more about how the site works. Often a note of "Hey, glad to see you here! Your [q/a] isn't being well received, and it could be because of X or Y. Have you seen our tour and help pages? If you have any questions, you can always comment on your own post or ask in chat when you have enough reputation". If experienced users are being unwelcome and rude, those comments can be removed with a warning to the user. This is not the norm for this site, but it does happen occasionally.