Hi, I am Spectra. I would like to nominate myself for the post of moderator as well. I have been a member of this site for more than three years. Since joining, I have been learning a lot of stuffs about gardening from people and enjoying being here.
Frankly speaking, I am a beginner in the field of gardening. Hence I may not provide a lot of useful advices regarding gardening for people who need help here, but I certainly can help to keep the place clean and organised. In my limited scope I have enjoyed to do so so far.
Also, I belong to a completely different time zone than the majority, so I will be able to keep an eye in here(if I am chosen) in the absence of other moderators.
- 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 haven’t seen such comments or discussions in Gardening SE which can be derogatory for the site. It has always been a friendly site. However if such situation arises, then it should be handled properly. Constructive discussions are always welcome in SE as long as it remains civil.
My first step will be to determine whether those flags are appropriate or not. In either case, I would chime in to calm down the users. I would like to remind the users to behave properly in the public site. However, I shall keep a track of the behavioural pattern of the users. Next time, the users will get warning, suspension. I don’t think the inappropriate behaviour will persist after that. If it does, I will ban the user. Surely we will miss the users’ valuable contents, but I would not let anyone to drag this site down and am sure there are other users who can fill-in the void.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
I haven’t seen such questions in Gardening SE, which can cause conflicts in here, questions here are pretty much straight forward. Even if it happens anytime then...
I think the way to solve this is to have a conversation with the particular moderator with whom I disagree. If I am mistaken then I will have no objection with the decision taken. If I am not convinced or believe that the other moderator is wrong, then I will try to make him realise my point. If we are unable to come up with a conclusion, I will invite other mods to help us out.
- Moderating a site can be seen similar to tending to a garden. What’s your philosophy when handling weeds - both the green ones in the garden and the virtual ones on the site? How orderly should your garden be?
Like every other gardener, I too like to keep my garden clean, free of weeds. Earlier when I started, I did not pay much attention to the weeds and in due time I did learn my lesson :p Now, whenever I see any unwanted green visitor in my garden, I do not let them grow. I just pluck them one by one. I have found out that this works for me - not a load of work at a time.
Similarly, I will not allow unwanted or irrelevant posts to remain on the site. They will have to go away.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
help new users with their difficulties to post questions or answers,
encourage the users to participate and provide useful contents, be it questions or answers or tips in the comments section by upvoting,
discourage the users from posting irrelevant question answers by downvoting, closing them or deleting the spams,
help in maintaining the code of conduct of the site,
keep the site clean and organised.
- 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?
If I am chosen, the diamond....well, it will be a huge responsibility. It will always remind me of my position and the power that I have and the trust this community has offered me. It will be an honour to represent the community and I will act accordingly.
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
Oh hell...I am not gonna answer that...
Okay fine, I don’t think I will be able to achieve 5k reputation in near future, leave alone 10k or 20k :p, so you see, this does make a difference for me! Jokes apart, being a moderator will help me act fast with the edits, removing spams.