In my experience, participating on this site is fun, you learn a lot and it is rewarding. As a moderator, my goal would be to play a small part in improving the experience for folks who visit this site and participate in it. I feel like the current and past moderators have done a great job, and I have learned a lot from them. If I can share some of the workload of the other moderators while maintaining their high standards, I would feel I succeeded.
- 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 would deal with the some of the flags, making sure that other moderators can deal with some of them, too. This way, the moderation does not feel like a personal feud. Otherwise, I would not do anything unprompted. If I get annoyed because of the situation, I would have a chat with the other moderators to dissipate my personal frustration.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
I would try to improve the question, and then suggest to the other mod to reopen it. If the question is deleted but someone needs an answer to this type of question, hopefully they will pose a better question which does not get deleted but answered, instead.
- Do you think that user participation on Chemistry Meta needs to be increased? If so, how would you encourage this?
I would occasionally link to Chemistry Meta posts in the comments. I think that is how I first became aware of the existence of Meta. The discussions about closing questions, what a "homework" question is, and how to format posts are very useful for understanding what the community conventions and unwritten rules are. If there is a question of implementing or modifying these community conventions, I would try to encourage broad discussion on Meta.
- Being a moderator is time-consuming. Which of your activities on Chemistry Stack Exchange would you have to dial back to make time for moderating?
I spend most of my time on this site answering questions. I would spend less time answering questions, and more time on moderator-related tasks.
- Are you sure you're patient, level-headed and good-tempered enough for the job?
I am impatient concerning formatting issues, I get mad at claims of not obeying the 2nd law, and I have a quirky sense of humor. However, I have good mitigation strategies, mainly taking a step back for a moment, doing my research to resolve content disagreements, and deleting quirky comments when they offend or don't seem appropriate upon re-reading.
- As a moderator you will probably have to mediate arguments on this site and its chat rooms. Have you ever yourself been in an argument with another user (on this site)? If yes, how did it come about, and how was it handled in the end? Have you ever flared up on this site? If yes, how did it end? As a moderator how would you handle an argument/someone being rude if it came to your notice?
Yes, I have had passive-aggressive arguments in the past. I handle these by walking away. The attention span of most of us is short, and the bulk of the attention is on the front page of the site. After a couple of days, arguments are in the background. If I still remember them, I try to improve questions and answers by editing.
As a moderator, I would take a more active role, sharing the strategy of walking away with the individuals in the argument, and using moderator powers as appropriate if I think they would calm the waters.
- Consider a situation where you see a reasonable and potentially useful question with slight flaws and negative score that had been closed by the community. The question is possibly a duplicate of an existing question, and it has gathered nontrivial potentially useful answers with negative score? Since the roomba would eventually remove the post, what would you do as a moderator? Move on to more important tasks? Continue searching for duplicates for this question? Upvote the existing answers and vote to reopen? Other? How might this more generally reflect your "moderation philosophy"?
I would trust the community members who are passionate about the question to somehow make it survive. This does not require moderator power or moderator wisdom.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
Moderators take out the trash, do the dishes, fold the laundry, feed the dog and put the kids to bed. To elaborate a bit, I would respond to flagged posts and comments, helping to ensure the site remains respectful of everyone, doesn't propagate contra-factual ideas about science and is welcoming to new contributors.
- 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?
My name has been attached to everything I say and have said in the past since day 1. The diamond might come and will go, I feel fine about 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?
Not at all more effective. I am hoping to make the other moderators a bit more effective by sharing the work for a while, should I get elected.