Few things here.
1. It could be that my thirteen-year history here on the forum has something to do with this. Yes, I dig into things and can be combative at times; I won't deny it. But I'm also usually quite level-headed. Even the other day, when I spent several hours taking heat from people, I did not grow enraged and did not act out of malice or spite. I became heavy-handed because I frankly did not realize that the alternative would work better. That was my mistake, and I own it without reservation.
2. There are more mods than just me. If they didn't like something, they'd say so and we'd talk. If they vehemently wanted something done that I was opposed to, I'd get overruled. That's just how it goes. If I am doing things, it is because I'm being allowed to.
3. And why am I being allowed to? Ask the other mods/admins, maybe, but I can suggest a few reasons. First, I'm a strong communicator most of the time, even if my language can seem dense or overly professional at times. Second, I am virtually fearless, which means that I don't just cringe when someone raises their voice, metaphorically speaking. Third, I've been around the block a few times, and I'm saying a lot of stuff that the team agrees with. Fourth, I have this forum's betterment first and foremost in my mind, and I think most people can agree on that even if they also agree that my first attempt at getting things on the right track exploded spectacularly.
I recognize that this makes you uneasy, but I do believe this is a time for decisive action on behalf of the staff team. Owing to my personality, my skillset and my long-time presence here, I feel as if I may be uniquely qualified to partially spearhead this forward motion. I want to do it, and am grateful to have been permitted that chance, despite some of the difficulties I have caused.
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