I have been active in the Korean Language SE site since it's inception, right from it's previous iteration in area51 to its current iteration that I helped propose. I have also stayed helped on as an active moderator for the site through out its private beta and seen it through to graduation to a full SE site. But I know there is still more to be done and I can and should help. My current period as a volunteer moderator has helped me learn a lot about how online forums and QandA sites and stackexchange in specific works, and I feel that I can utilize this experience to further help in moderating and curating the site. As someone who has been with the site since its proposal state in Area51 I am motivated enough to contributing to its further success.
- 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?
I am very liberal and try to be as non confrontational as possible when it comes to letting individual users decide how they should be using the site. Is someone a bit argumentative when they use the comments feature? If that's just how they are personality wise, then rather than telling them to change their attitude, I try to look more at the overall picture. Is the user actually providing a steady stream of valuable answers as assumed in the question? Then I think its just a case of taking the things that are good for you (positive contributions) while ignoring the annoying parts (argumentative comments). This should be how we use the internet in general. Of course, we do have to draw a line as well. Are the argumentative comments going into swearing and harassment territory? At that point I think some kind of action should be taken to deescalate the situation.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
I would handle it the same way I would have wanted the other mod to handle it, had I been the one that closed/deleted/etc. a question that the other mod felt I shouldn't have; contact the mod in question, discuss his point of view and take further action based on what I find out. May be it turns out the question should have been closed and the other mod did us a favour by getting to it faster. However, I would not just reverse another mods decision, unless it was absolutely necessary, such as the other mod not being in contact. In cases of dispute I believe things may be also be put to vote among the moderators, or put out into meta for discussion with the community at large.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
Keep the contents of the site helpful for anyone who wishes to view/use them. I do not believe a moderator is any different from any other user of the site. A moderator just has access to elevated privileges on the site, which are given to help curate it's contents. Other than the obvious voluntary curation duties of a moderator, I think that as a more visible account and as an account with slightly faster contacts with the SE community team and management, a moderator may be should also try to gain further visibility for their site as well as help in its growth.
- 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?
Since I have volunteered as a moderator previously I have had a diamond attached to everything I have posted here, and I do not think it has had any kind of negative impact on how I use the site or how my interaction with others affect their enjoyment of the site. I tend to use the moderator tools as and when needed, I prefer to let the community decide things such as on topic-ness of questions and very rarely force delete or close a post using moderator tools. I tend to be very careful about distinguishing between posts I make as a moderator and as a user of the site. Hence I am pretty indifferent to the fact that some might see my posts under a different light. As long as I am unbiased, helpful and respectful when making posts, I don't think it makes a difference whether I have a diamond next tot he username or not.
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching enough reputation to access moderator tools or become a trusted user?
As a moderator I will have access to better/faster tools that will help me deal with problems such as spam much quicker, while building up enough reputation to unlock a subset of moderation tools might take longer, especially on a lower activity site.