- Have you ever been suspended from this site or another StackExchange site? If so, please provide a description of the situation that led to the suspension, and how you have reacted to it.
Never, I'm a calm person especially on the internet where you can always take a few seconds to cool down if needed.
- A question is asked and receives some very good answers. The asker then flags this question and asks for it to be deleted because having it up will cause them trouble at school. Do you delete the question?
The priority would be to preserve answers, the first attempt would be to delete all the personal information from the post, if the OP needs to remove his name from the post (disown it) I could temporarily delete and lock the question until administrators remove his name.
However I can't imagine a case where someone would urgently need a question deleted so in most cases I would just delete the personal info from the post, explain the OP that he can ask for his question to be disowned and let the question be.
- 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?
If someone is straight insulting I would have to be a little stricter, at first I would try to talk with the user, if nothing constructive comes from it and the user doesn't want to change I would notify the other moderators of the conversation I had with him, next time I would officially warn him, if he continues and others moderators agree he will get suspended.
For cases when the user is being rude but not straight offensive I would give more slack because such behavior is easier to correct and it does considerably less harm so perhaps something along the lines talking few times, and perhaps few warnings and then perhaps a suspension.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?
We're all humans, we make mistakes, it's likely that I being a newbie moderator am missing something. Clearly I would talk with him about the question in private, if we both feel strongly and have contradicting opinions, I would ask the moderator at hand if he minds that we ask other moderators for opinions on the question. I'll accept whatever we agree upon.
- What would you do if someone opposes a decision you've made? For example, opposition to removing some comments, closing/reopening/deleting a post, etc. Such opposition may come from direct comments or votes to reopen a question closed by a mod, etc.
Moderators along with other duties are here to make sure that community made rules are uphold, if my decision was to delete unarguably offensive or bluntly off-topic questions I would explain the user that this is the policy of this site and that he can suggest a change in policy on Meta. On cases where I'm not 100% sure that my decision is the right one I would lock the question to try to deescalate conflict and suggest users take the issue to our meta site. Unless I myself see that I've made a bad decision at which I would apologize and reopen/undelete etc.
- Most users here have multiple commitments. And likely, those commitments aren't going to go away if you are elected to be a moderator on MSE. Can you provide any assurance that you'll make the time, as needed, to moderate on MSE? This may only amount to an hour each day, consistently (perhaps more on some days, and less on others). In any case, how can you assure us you're not biting off more than you can chew?
It's impossible to assure such a thing since life is unpredictable however out of 3 years and 7 months I've been a member I visited the site 952 day. So far I didn't have problems with keeping up at school and university and being active on this site.
- Do you see your (eventual) moderator role primarily as one of the following? You can assign weights or only pick a few, however you'd like: Civil rights advocate, Senator/congressman, Judge, UN Blue Beret, Detective/ police officer, Home plate umpire/ referee, Janitor
Senator - $0$% because I'm not here to make policies but to apply them when needed.
Detective - $10$% for hunting down vote frauds and people evading their bans.
Janitor - $40$% to clean up and fix things that only moderators can.
Referee - $20$%, $5$% for cases which need immediate judgement and $15$% for having to consult other judges for the final decision.
UN Blue Beret - $30$% a lot of times moderators have to stop conflict and ensure that both sides are satisfied. Alternative choice for the profession in my opinion would be "School psychologist\pedagogist" or at least in my country :)
This is a question to those candidates who do not have the Deputy badge (which is given for 80 helpful flags). Dealing with flags is a big part of moderation. How do you think that your lack of experience is going to affect your handling of the flags? And how do you expect to compensate for it (at first, of course)?
I do have the Deputy badge, however I feel there is much more to handling flags then there is to flagging though I don't doubt that over time it will be easier.
What are, according to your opinion, the greatest strength and the greatest weakness of MSE?
The greatest strength and weakness of MSE is that it is a huge community, huge community brings a lot of different users with different backgrounds which brings interesting questions and answers, also most question are answered quickly, and users also moderate the community usually nicely. Which brings as to the problem: the community is often inconsistent about what questions should be closed, some good questions get received as bad and get closed, while some bad questions don't get closed and have good answers. Unfortunately there isn't much moderators can do about that.
- Do you feel that moderators are obliged to be transparent about their actions whenever possible?
Yes, whenever possible.