Oh, um, hello there! My name is Jamie and I'm a 30 year old software developer with a burning passion for code, gaming, and music.
I've been a StackExchange participant for about 3 years impacting about half a million users, and since stumbling on the Arqade from a hot post about a month ago, I've been here on a nearly daily basis. I'm in love with the topic of gaming, and I'm incredibly passionate about helping others. I've spent hours researching potential answers to questions, even when I didn't own the game the question was about. I recently posed a question on Meta to determine if the community would be for or against well written Q&A for common Minecraft command translations, all because I want to continue to improve the Arqade, for not only the current community, but our future readers too.
- 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'm presently unaware of the typical repercussions for such offenses, but I would begin by educating myself on the appropriate repercussions based on the length of time of contribution/number of noted offenses. Being a young moderator, I would make every attempt possible to consult with more seasoned moderators for guidance on the issue until I became more comfortable with taking initiative with such actions.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
I believe the best approach to this is to reach out to the community on Meta to get feedback on my opinion in the matter. Just because my opinion is that the question shouldn't have been closed/deleted/etc., doesn't mean that my opinion is correct. A community consensus on my opinion would not only benefit me however, it could also potentially benefit the moderator that closed the question, if my opinion aligns with the correct stance.
- A fellow moderator takes an action the community disagrees with, and the community takes it to meta. You also disagree with the moderator's decision. What do you do?
I would begin by consulting with other more seasoned moderators to determine if there's a conflict of interest, as a moderator, in sharing my stance on the action, along with what the typical course of action is in such cases. As with the closure question above, just because I disagree with something, doesn't mean I'm correct. My primary responsibility as a moderator however, would be to ensure the community doesn't get out of hand with such a delicate situation.
- What would you do if you were the moderator who took action the community disagreed with in the situation described in question 3?
I would begin by reflecting upon the community consensus on the matter as it develops. As the post on Meta is growing, I will consult with other moderators to get their opinions on the matter so that I can make as informed of a decision as possible. Perhaps the action requires undoing, or an apology is in order. Whatever the appropriate action is for the situation is, I would attempt to determine it, and take said action.
- You (a moderator) and another community member both answer a question on the main site. The other answer is well written but (objectively) incorrect, and has gathered a similar amount of upvotes to yours. What do you do?
In my opinion, well formed answers are welcome on Stack Exchange, so long as they are useful. If the community consensus (displayed by votes in this situation) is that the answer is useful, then there's no reason to take rash action. I believe the best course of action is to place a downvote, explain the reason for my downvote, and if, the community member takes action to correct their answer so that it is objectively correct, I would follow up by removing my downvote. An objectively incorrect answer is still incorrect, no matter how useful. It's best for the answerer, and future readers, to be aware that it's objectively incorrect.
- Which moderation tool do you use most often during your average day on Arqade? Which do you use least often? Do you see that changing in case you get elected?
I haven't had the chance to on Arqade yet, just because there's not typically anything in the queues I have access to currently. On StackOverflow and Puzzling however, I've performed around 140 total review tasks, most of which were during 2019. Unfortunately, COVID hit my social presence pretty hard during 2020 and the first half of 2021, so I mostly stayed focused on work during that time. Recently, I'm trying to become more active again, and the Arqade has only fueled that fire. If elected, I would certainly be in the edit queue as often as possible because there are often long wait times for suggested edits (I've seen one of mine pending for more than half a day).
- Moderators are not selected because they are domain experts in certain tags, but it so happens that you are an expert in one such tag. You see that several members of the community have elected to close a question as a duplicate, but you see that the duplicates don't actually answer the question as stated, nor do they provide a useful signpost for the asker. How do you proceed?
If the community has elected that the post is a duplicate, then as the post currently stands, it needs adjusting to provide clarity and display that it is not, in-fact, a duplicate. I would begin by editing the post, if possible to help clarify that point. If it's not possible for me to (with >= 90% assurance) infer how to edit the question to reach this point, I would comment on the question, ensuring I point out this situation, to attempt to get the OP to participate in this process.
- There is a high-rep user who is very active on the site, but frequently uses strong language which violates the Code of Conduct in their comments. When you warned them, they replied stating that the questions are of low quality which is why they left those comments. They also threatened to quit the site. Despite the warning, they continue to post similar comments. What steps, if any, will you take in order to address this situation? What if the comments were on Meta instead of main? Does that change your approach at all?
As a young moderator, I would need to educate myself on proper procedure for this type of situation. After education on the matter, no matter how high someone's reputation is, no matter how useful they are, their continued poor behavior would be a larger negative impact to the site than them leaving. This is true whether they leave of their own accord or by way of being suspended or, if applicable, banned. No one wants to see their most valuable member go, but if their behavior isn't tolerated, then it's simply not tolerated. My approach would remain the same, regardless of main versus Meta.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
Moderators in my opinion have a responsibility the community to be helpful. This doesn't mean their sitting around waiting to answer every question, or respond to every situation. Rather, moderators are just like us typical community members, with more power, and as a result, more responsibility. Moderators look at new questions or answers to ensure they're of good quality, read comments to ensure that community members aren't diverging from SE guidelines, look for potentially duplicate questions to help users get the answers they're after, faster, and much more.
- 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'm fairly new to the Arqade community, and as a result haven't really said a lot here yet. As a result, personally, I believe having the knowledge that a diamond will now be attached to my name everywhere will be a constant reminder that I should continue to remain a positive and helpful force for the community.