Seeing the lack of nominations so far, I decided to throw my hat in the ring. I'll admit that I have been mostly a passive member for the past two years (my last answer is from August 2020) but I did do quite some edits and reviews since then (after Chenmunka, I'm the most active reviewer). And generally I like to read the handy tips and tricks shared by you all, keep them coming! Whenever I can, I'll try to share them on one of the largest Dutch news websites.
I'm a moderator on seven other sites in the network, so I have quite a lot of experience there, and the workload on a site the size of Lifehacks shouldn't make that much of a difference for me.
A note up front: these answers may be copied and modified from my earlier nominations. Most Stack Exchange communities aren't that different from each other, and I still stand behind answers I gave in the past.
- 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?
Being nice is very important to the success of Stack Exchange; more important than posting good answers (or questions, for that matter). I'd remind this user (in a polite but strict way) to change their behaviour or face the consequences in the form of a suspension. There are enough other users who can write those valuable answers instead.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
I'd discuss this with them in a private chatroom. I might bring in a third moderator as well if I feel we need to make a tough decision, so that it can be a decision of a majority. There's no need doing this in public and risk harming the trust the community has in the moderator team.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
Moderators are first and foremost elected by the community to represent their interests in every way possible. In general, those interests may be helping with welcoming new users, handling flags, doing a lot of reviews, and being a bridge between the community and Stack Exchange the company, among other things. It sometimes means putting your own ideas second, third, or even ignoring them altogether. Writing answers (or questions) is not one of their primary tasks; that's where subject matter experts are for. (Yes, I believe there's something like a lifehacks expert – sometimes I'm amazed what people can do where my reaction would just be to buy a new one.)
- 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?
No problem at all. I always try to Be Nice to all people, even if I think they have bad ideas or opinions which I can outright refute. Respect is the keyword for building a community where everybody is welcome. I have certainly made some mistakes in the past, but that only proves I'm human and not an AI.
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
Well, it's 2k or 4k here ... but anyway, moderator votes are binding, which is handy to quickly get rid of content which doesn't belong here (Lifehacks sees quite a bit of spam given its size).
- What made you come to Lifehacks SE for the first time - and what made you stay?
Good question! I've definitely used some of the hacks I read here before I posted my first question (and answer) but I don't remember which specific ones. I'll continue to visit the site, regardless of whether I'm elected or not - there's simply so much to learn here.
- What trait makes you well suited to a site that’s based on out-of-the-box thinking? Especially considering that the rules of both the site and the Stack Exchange network demand of moderators to follow and enforce said rules, which goes against the site’s core spirit of finding non-standard solutions - and which some users struggle with.
I have some experience with that on other atypical Stack Exchange sites, Puzzling, Stack Apps and even Meta Stack Exchange. Some Stack Exchange rules are universal, some can easily be waved by the community. With a little guidance, I believe we can help a lot of users make useful contributions, even if they're not familiar with how Stack Exchange works or the specifics of our community. I'm more than aware some communities need a different moderation style than others.