(Like many others, I’m updating my nomination from last election.)
My name is Kevin, and I’m a high school student in Vancouver, BC. Although I often have schoolwork to complete, I'm also a very active member of Gaming.SE (as shown by my rep).
I think the Stack Exchange is one of, if not the, best network of websites on the Internet. I spend a lot of my time on Gaming, asking and answering questions, because it’s so great. We have one of the nicest communities on the web here, and our database of knowledge is growing steadily each and every day. I’d love to play a greater role in the development of Gaming, and this is why I’m nominating to become a community moderator. ♦
As well as asking questions and answering them, I spend a lot of my time on Gaming editing other posts, to improve them. My theory is that one of a moderator's duties should contribute to the site positively by improving the content already existent. By keeping the quality of Gaming’s content as high as possible, more users who come across our site are likely to participate. One of the other things I do on Gaming is frequent /review, assisting our newer users with their first steps on Gaming.
As a recent 10k user, I have spent a lot of time flagging posts, reviewing flags, and looking over suggested edits. According to Jeff’s Theory of Moderation, reviewing flagged posts in one of the most important aspects of being a moderator, which I am already doing now.
However, I ensure that all my actions are beneficial towards the site. When, for example, casting a close vote on a new user’s off-topic question, I offer them insight as to why their question is off-topic, and link them to the FAQ so they will know the specifics of Gaming, and how they can make their next question better. As moderators have binding votes when it comes to closing questions and other actions, I would first see if the community agrees before taking definitive action.
As a moderator, I would take more of a behind-the-scenes role. I would focus my efforts on making sure Gaming is in tip-top shape by making edits to posts, disposing of spam, reviewing flagged posts, and more. When a large discussion such as our previous game-rec situation arises, I would start a post on Meta to collect the community’s opinion, rather than immediately act on it. I believe that the site should still be community run, with moderators only occasionally needing to intervene with special cases, such as settling out-of-control arguments, or taking action concerning troublesome posts or users.
Feel free to ask additional questions in the comments, and best of luck to all the other nominees!