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Community member for 3.5+ years, with the highest voting record in Bioinformatics SE (3000+), so I've definitely upvoted you, and I'm the only member to have 2 silver badges for the review queues 😇. More generally, 400+ answers, an equal number of question edits and 'closer' to a 'phylogenetics' silver badge (subject to interpretation).
I spend more time on Bioinformatics SE than as a senior journal editor.
My specialism is small genomes, notably haplotypes. I am tightly focused on most things Python, with solid experience in stats, pop gen, machine learning and particularly as mentioned phylogenetics. I hold experience in niche areas of eukaryotes, like immunology. Right now I'm into 'high performance' Python. My trick is I can quickly spot biological interpretation through numbers.
Firstly, I like the community a lot and think my stats show that. Secondly, I enjoy biological code-based problem solving and how others solve those problems. Finally, I'd like it to be busier still and want to do my part.
Ultimately, I enjoying spending time here and its the next logical step.
- 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?
Summary. The buzzword is encouragement. Why do you think I've given so many upvotes? However, its scenario specific.
Scenario 1, the most likely situation is simply strong technical bias, for example Perl vs Python, data pipeline languages (which are an industrial standard) versus sub-processing or shell. There's also machine learning versus deep learning, but riots haven't broken out here on that ... Its a simple equation,
proponent of method 1 + proponent of method 2 = dispute
My answer: code is code and we all have to see that from different angles. I'm originally from a Perl background - enough said 😉. On this site its happened and dealt with in comments by past Mods. Their example is the model to follow.
Scenario 2, protecting the user from abuse. Whilst I've been here I've been called 'a nerd' (maybe 'a total nerd') and an 'Oh deary, deary me'. I don't know what a 'deary' is - but doubt its a complement 🙂. However, abuse is cyclic, unhealthy and positively unwanted. I hold the (outside) experience when to delete, quell, or else escalate so here an abuser is accountable to the SE rules. The key is vigilance and speed.
Scenario 3, lingering historic offence but its rare. As a hypothetical example, OP receives a good answer, posts their own answer and marks theirs as accepted. Being a nerd helps, because you know where its all started. One amongst the sensitive scenarios and needs patience, neutrality, thought and encouragement.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
First of all, I'd examine my own perspective. I get things wrong. Secondly, I'd ping them in confidence and come to an agreement. In exam marking its run-of-the-mill.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
A mods role here is to provide the healthiest possible environment for furthering biological understanding via informatics both to the OP and to those kind enough to dedicate their time answering.
- 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 am cautious about what I say and write. I rarely pick sides and keep cool. My posts reflect those principles.
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
Summarising my intro: I really like the community (see stats), enjoy biological code-based problem solving and I'd like the site to be busier still. The site is now established, no longer beta, has more potential and I want to do my bit having been a part of it for so long.