I think our community could use some updating, and that will be easier with more moderators who are regularly active and participating in community development.
I want to expand the scope of on-topic questions to include network automation tools & methods, such as ansible & Python (when narrowly-focused on networking.)
I want our community to welcome more professional network engineering questions, while continuing to avoid home/consumer-level items better addressed on other SX sections.
I wish also to advocate for Stack Exchange, the mothership, to add support for MermaidJS diagrams to its Markdown dialect.
- 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 support the community's current practice of occasionally removing comments and replacing them with a suggestion to use the chat feature for extended discussion, off-topic items, etc.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
This is really the only reason I would want to be moderator -- to expand the scope of what's on-topic, and make our SX community more valuable.
I believe the discussions in our meta about doing that are constructive, and don't often see votes to close questions that don't fall within our rules.
I will read up on Stack Exchange's best practices for resolving disagreements about what is on-topic. I'll also work to clarify the community rules for question scope to address the larger issue of what we really want.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
Network Engineering mods should facilitate constructive Q&A within the documented scope of this community.
- 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 reluctant to nominate myself for this and would prefer there wasn't a status symbol associated with the Q&A content I contribute.
However, I see there are no other nominees for the open position, and I really would like to expand our scope to include more network automation content. Our profession is changing and we should embrace that evolution.
- 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 don't think it's about making me more effective, but about updating the community scope to keep up with the change in our profession.