I have been a moderator here since 2012, and I like the job.
Back in the day, I was also active on Stack Overflow (as a contributor, not moderator), but not these days, unfortunately.
I am a software developer by trade. Russian is my native language. I have been interested in Russian and Church Slavonic for quite a long time. I have some formal training in linguistics, but it is limited to whatever a minor subject in a technical school can offer.
- 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?
People who generate valuable answers usually generate valuable comments too. Arguments and flags more often than not mean the problem is with the delivery, not with the message.
I would try to reformulate their questions or remarks in a meaningful and a respectful way, focusing on the message and not the sender or the recipient, and they would hopefully pick the tone of the discussion.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
I'm yet to see a question closed for no obvious reason whatsoever, but I sometimes see an off-topic but otherwise quite good question which is easily fixable.
In this case, I fix it using my own best judgement, or ask the op for clarification. When the question looks good to me, I ask the original closer if they are OK with me reopening it. So far, as long as I remember, the answer has always been "yes".
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
They make sure the site stays what it says on the tin: a Q&A answer site on well-defined topics, where good questions and answers are encouraged, bad are discouraged, and the place looks well-tended so people want to come here.
- 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 will try be extra clear to specify when I do act and talk on behalf of the community and when I don't, otherwise I just be my regular self.
This includes explaining my moderatorial actions, like editing posts, deleting comments and similar.