I've always appreciated the exchange of views among people with different ideas and experience. As a member of several communities, I've always been eager to learn new things as a beginner and willing to share and help others whenever possible, both in real life and online.
I try to consider as many aspects of a given matter as possible, be it a coding challenge or a social issue, when searching for a solution. I'm always open to discuss with others and ask for advice - I don't always know best, but I do my best to know it.
I spend most of my time on Game Dev answering others' questions, commenting, and helping solve their issues, along with low-level moderation in the review queues. My motivation stems from the guidance I received from others when I have first begun, and I'm willing to pay back with those who come next. I firmly believe that showing patience and respect to newcomers (and hot-tempered people too) always pays in the long run, both for them and the rest of the community.
- 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?
While valuable participation is always welcome, we should prioritise a safe environment for everyone. Clever answers never compensate for harmful behaviour. Suspending the comment privilege may be impractical or too severe, so I would first reach out to them and discuss community guidelines and interaction with other users together. I would also remove inappropriate comments, although I'd prefer they did so on their initiative.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
I would contact them privately and discuss our reasons. If mine is a new viewpoint on the issue, we can undertake a different action; otherwise, I will improve my sense of judgement. Either way, everyone is happy.
- This is the "inverse" of question 2 - How would you handle a situation where another mod did not close/delete/etc a question that you feel should have been, and they answered it too?
I would contact them out of pure curiosity rather than a will to discuss our opinions. I'd ask how can we improve that question since closing isn't the best option. An open question is better than a closed one, as it continues to be a discussion ground for other users.
- Some too-young-to-use-the-site users come and ask questions here. Some very new developers come and ask questions here. Those too-young users are not allowed to use the site and should be reported (with their account deleted by the CMs), and very new developers ask off-topic questions that need to be closed. They're often desperate and need help. How do you feel about having those folks' dreams blocked because of the actions you need to take?
I'd feel sorry for them since they may be in a time of need. We all have been there. But as a moderator, I must make sure the overall quality of the website content is not compromised. Should accounts be deleted and questions be closed, be it. But, be sure we'd always give appropriate feedback to those users so that they can improve and become valuable members, rather than just quietly applying mod actions.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
Well, they... moderate, of course. They show newcomers around the website, keep questions clean and on topic, moderate chat rooms, and deal with tricky conflicts between users. They make sure everyone has to deal with their gamedev issues only. And, they are users too, answering questions and commenting and having fun in chats and on Meta!
- 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 generally take my time before posting so that I can best deliver my message and be friendly at the same time; as a mod, I would do the same. All in all, I'd be just a regular user (plus, some other responsibilities) who posts questions and answers. I may be right, I may be wrong, and I'm ok with that.
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
As a moderator, I could have access to more tools to help the community. More importantly, I can easily get in touch with other moderators and discuss with them how to improve and what to do next for the community.