I consider my self open-minded, fair and keen to be helpful to other people. I am also very keen to see this community grow and myself grow alongside it.
I've found Engineering SE shortly after the start of the 2020 pandemic. During the pandemic, I have been contributing in volume, and in some ways it help me to keep my mind sharp through the lockdowns, so I want to give back.
I am a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, but mostly I am involved with software development.
- 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 I spot a trend, probably, the first thing I would try is to chat them in private and try to a) understand their perspective and b) try to see if they are aware that some of their comments have the potential to be inflammatory. From my -limited- experience in Engineering SE this is rarely required.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
My experience with Engineering SE is that this has never occurred (I've never been a moderator though). I have the trust that the other moderators (if past electees were any indication), will be people reasonable that I may be able to discuss things through in private.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
IMHO, moderators should be close to invisible in the day to day operation of the Engineering SE. In the scenario (a generally well behaved site like Engineering SE) they should only help to edit some posts for clarity (like other users). In some rare cases, they can delete some inflammatory comments and stop rude behaviour in its tracks.
- 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've never been a moderator and it took me a while (a long while) to understand that the diamond is for moderators. So, I'd operate remembering that the diamond won't mean anything meaningful to most people that visit the site.
Additionally, I came to to respect the current Engineering SE moderators from their posts and online behaviour, before I understood they were moderators, So I'd try not to embarrass what that diamond stands for and --if possible--live up to those high standards.
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
Having already reached the 20k mark, I want to be helpful in other ways in the Engineering SE.