Greetings! I'm Aaron, pro-tem moderator and regular contributor on seasoned advice. I'm hoping you'll consider voting for me in the upcoming moderator election.
Why I want to be a moderator here:
I've been involved with this site ever since it was just a germ of an idea on Area 51, helping to define the site and get it off the ground. I know that I am just one of many cooks in this kitchen today, but to me this place is the Beef Bourguignon that's been 3 days in the making. We're a growing community, and being a moderator means giving it that extra little bit of TLC to make it come out perfect.
My vision for Seasoned Advice:
Cooking is an art form, sprinkled with bits of science here and there. Our community was really the first (and arguably is still the best) demonstration of how quality Q&A can take place even in the face of many unknowns. We've established several trends and guidelines that have spread across the network, been quoted on other meta sites and even the Stack Exchange blog.
That consistent quality is what's going to set us apart from the hundreds (thousands?) of other cooking sites on the web. Most people come here (and to other Stack Exchanges) with problems; they're looking for solutions. Our mission is to lead them to those solutions without the all-too-familiar obstacles of spam, off-topic posts, inside jokes, and other noise. Nothing's more frustrating than when your banana's on fire and all you can find are a bunch of useless videos.
I lead by example:
You can all see my reputation and my profile. I have a lot of activity here. But in case you've only seen glimpses of me, here are some things you might not already know:
I do a ton of editing, especially to improve the quality of questions, because well-formed questions get well-formed answers. I'm one of just four members with the Strunk & White Badge.
I always respond to comments, and if somebody shows me my answer is wrong, I fix it. Pencils have erasers here, and that is a big part of what makes the SE sites unique.
I am pretty sure I have the highest meta participation of all members. I also have quite a bit of reputation on our "mother meta", Meta Stack Overflow. I've spent a lot of time not just helping people with their cooking, but helping them to make the best use of the site itself. A number of my meta answers and FAQs have been quoted on other site metas or even the Stack Exchange blog.
I try to find compromises when I see value in something that doesn't quite work with the mechanics of the site.
I vastly prefer editing to closing, but whenever a question has been too far off-topic or otherwise problematic for editing to be useful, I have always left feedback politely explaining the specific reasons for the closure and also, if there is something they can do to get it reopened.
I vote frequently; I have the Civic Duty and Electorate badges. The vast majority of my votes are upvotes, but I am not afraid to downvote, non-anonymously, if I feel that an answer is not helpful or productive at all.
I defended our site/community from the skeptics and pessimists on multiple occasions.
What I bring to the table:
For the Stack Exchange veterans:
I know how the SE team (esp. Jeff, Joel, Robert) thinks and can represent their philosophies here. I am also not afraid to grind their gears if I feel that we're getting the short end of the stick (c.f. domain names - we compromised on a redirect from seasonedadvice.com.) And I'm active across the network (see SO, MSO, P.SE, M.SE for examples), which gives me a broader perspective, helps to spot recurring patterns, and continually reminds me of what life is like for non-moderators.
For the Newcomers and Seasoned Advice exclusives:
Cooking and code go together like cheese and chalk, so new members will be our lifeblood. They may lack SE experience but they are taking their time to contribute and need to be treated with special care. To that end I encourage positive behaviour when I see it (upvotes and compliments) and strive to leave constructive criticism when they make honest mistakes.
I have also been making and would continue to make full use of some of the newer newbie-friendly moderation features, such as converting answers to comments. I've also been a strong advocate for better documentation, and have tried to help identify usability issues and other technical obstacles.
How I actually moderate:
Moderators should spend most of their effort doing the things that the community cannot, and that is what I have been doing: Responding to flags, handling abuse, watching the analytics, and pruning dead questions (due to a lack of 10k-rep members).
On occasion the community may become deadlocked or simply not notice a problem, so I would still help close the occasional question. Over the long term I see this aspect becoming progressively less relevant as a moderator role.
I think that overall I have been a force for good in this community, helping to shed much of the baggage and drama that plagued other Stack Exchanges and establish ourselves as a legitimate and professional Q&A.
If you agree, vote for me!