1) 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?
Clearly this user is an asset to the community, but some of their actions are not desirable. I would say that a moderator's intervention in this situation should be
done early in the process (before things get completely out of hand) and in a gradual fashion. If there were arguments in the comments, I would first leave a very general comment for the user, regarding their behavior (and emphasizing the "be nice" rule),
without inflaming any conflicts or "ganging up" on the particular person.
Were the behavior to persist, I would invite the user into a private chat to determine if there were any underlying issues (such as the user feeling bullied) or to see if I could do anything to help the situation.
If there's any escalation after that, the user should be warned that their behavior is verging on offensive, and while their contributions are valuable, they may need a
cooling off period. I'd hate to have him/her quit as a result and lose their contributions, but if the atmosphere on the site is toxic, it will dissuade new users from joining and impede other experienced users from wanting to post their own high quality answers.
2) In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
10k/20k users are invaluable to the site, and I don't think any of the SE sites would survive without the subset of those high-reputation users that devote much of their time to service.
As a diamond moderator, my service to the site would come first, ahead of any other obligations to ask or answer questions, and I can use all of my energy to
fill in the mortar of the structure that the high rep users are already edifying.
3) A long-time, high reputation user with a history of excellent post-flagging flags a post and you're not sure if you agree with it. What do you do?
Unless the user in question is abusing flags, clearly there is some sort of issue that needs to be dealt with on the site.
In that light, I would probably mark the flag as helpful (as long as it had some merit), but not act on it "in the heat of the moment" without reflecting on the entire situation and possibly discussing it with another moderator first.
If, under different circumstances, the user has raised the flag based on incomplete information (from the review queues, etc.), and if I know more details about the situation based on the information I have in front of me, I
would act accordingly. In that case, I would leave a generic (and de-identified) comment on the question, e.g., "I think this is on-topic because it deals with X,Y,Z" to clarify why the action the user recommended was not taken and to establish my position. I think this is likely to encourage this high-reputation user to continue flagging in the future, and sits better than a rejection notice on a flag.
4) What would you do with a user who is a known troll on other sites within Stack Exchange, but who hasn't (yet) done anything overtly disruptive on Web Apps?
I would give the user a chance to prove her or himself on the new site, but I would keep a careful eye on their contributions to make sure she/he wasn't
lapsing into old patterns. If he/she were causing trouble, I would be less inclined to give the user multiple chances to slip up before taking action, as she/he would be more likely to already be familiar with the consequences.
5) Will you be making use of the "Google-Fu" chat room in order to communicate with the users? And how would you make use of that?
I would certainly like to be present in the room so that I'm "pingable". There used to be an "ask a mod" room on the site, and since the role of that room
has been relegated to the main chat at this point, I like the idea of being available to users if they have the need. I'm usually in some chatroom or another on SE, so I'm
definitely accessible regardless, and I check the transcripts of rooms that I am interested in often.
In relation to being accessible, I would monitor my inbox for any Meta questions that might come up as well, since moderators are pinged with these when they are posted.
6) Where do you feel the "line" is regarding self-hosted Web applications vis-à-vis being on-topic here?
If the WebApps question is about an end-user's experience operating such an application, I think that it is fine. Once things come down to server setups and other maintenance or "behind the scenes" troubleshooting and other related matters, we already have strong sites in the SE network for such issues, so why deprive the user of getting an optimal answer to their
I think in the past there have been quite a few questions on Wordpress and the like, but at this point, we already have a strong site in the network to field those questions
7) Will you be closing questions on the spot or will you wait for community moderation?
It depends. Certainly, for questions that are spam or completely off-topic, I wouldn't have a problem closing them myself. Ideally, I would want the community to be able to close/reopen on its own, but there aren't always 5 users with the privilege around to do so. If that were the case, once there had been a few votes to close (or a few flags), I would look over the question carefully and decide whether to make a binding close vote.
8) 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 attempt to be good netizen on SE and carry myself accordingly. I'm not afraid to use humor when it is appropriate, and, at the same time, I'm not afraid to speak my mind if something is awry. I know that my actions will be
seen in a different light if elected, but I think that my behavior has always been within reason, even before I was appointed as a pro tem moderator on the other sites.
9) In your opinion, what do moderators do?
Moderators do what it takes to help a site succeed. It's about being a catalyst for change, a leader, a humble servant, and a den father/mother all wrapped into one
at times. Mostly it's about picking up litter, changing lightbulbs, and neatening the shelves, but also about teaching others the best way to take responsibility
for their own community.
10) How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?
I would definitely not go and reopen immediately. I would discuss it with the other mod in private and see if we can meet in the middle somehow
(e.g., require the OP to make an extensive edit before reopening). There is really no room for public bickering between two mods, and certainly having a "war" of opening and closing the question is unprofessional.
Bringing in a third (impartial) mod from the site or (at last resort) a community manager for a "tiebreaker" wouldn't be out of the question.
Thank you for your time and attention. Please do not hesitate to ask for clarification on any of these points or related matters.