Roberto Lo Giacco
I'm 45 and I've been a software developer since I was 16. I started playing with Arduino in 2014 and it has been my main hobby ever since.
You can find my contributed libraries on GitHub and the Arduino Library Manager, some quite popular. I don't consider myself an expert in either C or C++, and also electronics is not my primary field of expertise, but I feel comfortable with the basics.
My daily job is mentoring on technologies, thus I feel comfortable in explaining reasons for certain decisions and dealing with people, even if I have never managed a huge community.
I'm Italian, so English is not my mother tongue, but I feel comfortable and language shouldn't be an obstacle for me.
- 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 would invite him to focus on what's most important and how time and energy consuming conflicts can be. He is a great contributor and he can create a better image of himself by just avoiding flaming others.
- How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc. a question that you feel shouldn’t have been?
I would contact the mod to understand what I might have been missing.
- In your opinion, what do moderators do?
Help in maintaining the topic efficient, both in terms of results quality and speed: prevent non-related content to slip in, avoid or stop flame wars, prevent unanswerable questions to appear to the user base, and so forth.
- 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?
Proud but also scared: I will no longer represent only myself and my actions will reflect on people I don't even know.
- In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?
In absolutely no way: it will only imply a greater responsibility.
A few additional questions came up.
How would you handle this hypothetical situation? A user with less than 50 answers in 75 months continues to excessively self-promote (arduino.stackexchange.com/help/promotion) and tries to sell you his products in more than half of their answers. What would you do about it?
If the answers are on-point I see non reason why I should moderate him. On the other hand, if his answers are misinterpreting the question (either voluntarily or not) I would give him a warning. If he keeps promoting his stuff outside of the question topic I would report him for a temporary ban, possibly turned into permanent if things don't get right.
As of 2021-07-08 PST, we have 3 candidates. When I compare Juraj, sa_leinad, and Roberto Lo Giacco's profile & activity data, it's crystal clear that sa_leinad, and Roberto Lo Giacco have done very little in the past 63 months in the way of editing, flagging, and up-voting. Why, all of a sudden, do you want to be a moderator when the data shows you have not been putting in the work that will be required of you as a moderator?
This was the toughest question. I'm a busy person and I cannot guarantee I will be able to put much more time into moderating, but I thought even the additional 1% could be helpful. If it comes between me and someone else having the possibility to invest more time, then hell yeah, scratch me out and go for him/her.
I honestly have no need to become a SO moderator, but SO gave me a lot in these years so I thought I should have at least tried give back something, probably not enough, but better than nothing.
Was my thinking wrong?
Another hypothetical question. You are elected as a moderator, then you discover that one of the moderators has done practically nothing in the past 2+ years. The other moderator has handled 99% of the flags, post closures, in other words, "work". How would you feel about doing the required tasks for a moderator who refuses to do any "work", but retains his position?
I would ask the other moderator to step down and give up his position in favor of someonelse who might better help the community.