Hello everyone, I am Nimesh Neema from Indore, India. I am a big fan of well-designed products. My favourites Apple products are my 2013 15" retina MacBook Pro, and Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8.
I consider myself to be the newest amongst the highly active members on Ask Different. Ask Different was my way of getting introduced to the network of Stack Exchange websites, and it is here that I learned how the network sites function and gets moderated.
While I don't feel qualified enough to hold the diamond tag, I have the zeal to assist the moderation team and further my community management skills.
I feel I would make a decent moderator as I have:
experience with Ask Different for about 3 years and 5 months.
helped contribute about 1,044 answers and 45 questions.
earned around 40.8K rep, currently ranked #15.
earned majority of Q&A, Participation and Moderation badges.
I sincerely believe that everyone is a moderator here. I wish to help the community grow further by contributing my part and thereby grow in the process.
- 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'd be curious to learn the pattern behind what's causing the comment and how to address it such that it won't occur.
I remember having gone through a couple of similar instances where the mods have helped me in gently understanding the behaviour and help me understand what was going wrong.
If I get on the other side of the table, I'd help the user(s) understand if they violate any of the rules of the community by pointing them to the appropriate help documents. And if need be, I will consult with other elected moderators in understanding what's the best course of action to take, and thereby further learning in the process.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
I have been in this situation before.
My first instinct would be to trust the judgement of the moderator and try to learn what's missing from my understanding regarding such handling.
After having a better understanding of what caused the question to get closed/deleted, I'd work with the user, responding to any of their comments regarding the same, and assisting them with making necessary changes. I'd also point the user to the relevant help topics so that such behaviour can be avoided in future.
- How would you handle situations involving less than warm welcomes given to new users? For example, a new user posts a well written first question consisting of a clearly defined problem statement, admission of a high level of domain ignorance, and a request for the proper solution methodology, but no actual attempts to tackle the problem. Said question receives many downvotes and impolite comments. The asker gets upset about the situation and complains to you directly on chat and/or meta. What would you do?
I'd engage with the user, first of all lending them an ear, making them feel that their voice is heard.
Next, I'd help them understand that the downvotes and comments are not personal remarks and what is it that's possibly causing them.
I'd also point them to any relevant help documents so they can edit the question to fit in more with the format of the site.
- How would you deal with complaints about a user successfully suggesting a large number of low-quality edits?
I have observed that sometimes users tend to suggest edits that don't significantly improve a post just for the sake of reputation boost.
The system in place does a decent job at not allow low-rep users to directly edit a post as well as by limiting how many posts they can edit within a time duration.
If I as a moderator was to observe such behaviour by a user, I'd chat with them, and start by helping them understand the rationale behind allowing the post edit feature and how they should judicially exercise it.
I remember from my own experience which I gained after a while that how a stream of edits can alter the active question queue. A new user may not be aware of this. I'd also help the user understand this aspect so that they can make a better judgement regarding making edits.
Also, there's always plenty of scopes to gain reputation quickly by posting good questions and answers 🙂.
- How would you handle a single user that is upset at a moderator action you have taken? For example, if someone posted on meta "This mod deleted my [question|answer|comment] and he is abusing his power," how would you react?
Again, this may be a not so uncommon occurrence.
I understand such are not personal remarks and, thus, should not be taken that way. I'd need to politely and level-headedly respond and help the user understand the reason why the post and was deleted.
It would be helpful if links to relevant help topics or a meta post can be included to help them understand why the deleted content is undesirable.
I'd make sure to engage with the user and make myself available for further discussion and help them with any further queries they may have.
It's worth mentioning that everyone is a moderator on the network sites, and the moderators are endowed with a few additional tools and facilities to ensure the healthy functioning of the site and to assist other non-diamond moderators.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
I have been reminded on multiple occasions by the elected moderators that everyone is a moderator on Ask Different and it's with the help of the combined efforts of the whole community that makes Ask Different what it is.
So, in essence, moderators help with the smooth functioning of Ask Different, keeping posts on-topic, curtailing undesirable behaviour and helps in maintaining a healthy platform.
In my understanding, Diamond moderators are endowed with an entirely different set of tools or privileges. They are assigned a few additional privileges that enable them to ensure a healthy and on-topic platform for engagement.
- 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?
Honestly, that's the first thought that struck me when I realized how things could change if I end up becoming an elected moderator.
While it's crucial to realize that I have to be extra cautious in whatever I say and/or do on the website as my words and actions would set an example for what's acceptable behaviour on the platform. I'd also have to be very thorough with my understanding of what is and what is not acceptable on the website basing both on an understanding of help topics as well as from my experience interacting with other more experienced users.
While I may have certainly done and said things otherwise in the past, I would have to own up to any such behaviour and learn from experiences.
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
I understand that diamond moderators does not simply have vastly different set of tools and priviledges then high-rep users.
While I still consider that I have a long way to go becoming a model moderator, setting an example of exemplary behavior, I think the I'd become more effective by setting an example for other non-diamond moderators and future diamond moderators in setting and raising the bar of how Ask Different should be moderated.
I'd be enabled to lead by example, but I also understand that the power comes with a huge responsibility which has to be very carefully exercised.