Would it be beneficial to have a broadly representative set of perspectives on Christianity amongst our diamond mods?
If so, is it appropriate to ask current and prospective moderators what perspective(s) best match their views on Christianity?
Human nature being what it is, asking prospective mods their religious views would more likely, in my view, lead to people voting for mods who agree with their views and not for those who don't. It would bring "popularity contest" voting into the mod election. Although having a diversity of perspectives within the mod team is a good thing, I doubt this is the best way to achieve it.
Also, it's more important to have mods who are fair, thoughtful, and dedicated to the site than it is to have mods who represent various viewpoints. Aptitude for the position should be the primary factor in people's minds as they vote.
Achieving diversity of perspective on the mod team is probably best achieved in the process of cultivating candidates who will run for the position rather than in having them declare their religious perspectives at the time of the mod election.
Systemic biases are hard to tackle, and a diversity of personal convictions among the mods would, with all else being equal, most likely help the community as a whole be aware of minority positions and the injustices they face.
But not all is equal, and it would be unwise to appoint mods here as measures of affirmative action. We don't have the luxury of many equally qualified mod candidates from every kind of Christian background.
What size our pool of potential mods would have to grow to in order for us to consider affirmative action is a question I can't answer.
If the moderation team understands, adheres to, and enforces the site guidelines, then the theological viewpoints of the moderators is irrelevant. If a moderator allows his or her theological beliefs to dictate how they act on the site, then they have no business being a moderator on this site, period.
So far, I believe you've had that from the team. Here's to hoping that continues.
I wouldn't want to say something utterly unpopular here. I stuck my foot in my mouth elsewhere and my only hope for the election is that most users don't read Chat or Meta.
I lost in the first election by a little bit against the 4 pro-tem mods appointed by SE, the second election I sat out because I thought David was 2/3rds Catholic to begin with and would make a great mod. This time around, I feel a bit zealous about giving it a good shot - and helping this site grow its scholarly Catholic audience (or at least make it a good better reference for Catechists).
If there is a problem, it's a language problem. Right now, we need a mod who.speaks Catholic; Not for the catholic church. But one who knows what ordinary and common mean, for instance.
To Bruised Reed's point, I feel as though I have tried a few times to explain the Catholic viewpoint here. The lack of sola scriptura means we've got a lot more cut and dry . I think a Catholic mod would be taken a bit more seriously; and would be more sympathetic to those who don't necessarily want to take their case to meta.
Either way, I don't mind raising awareness, I'm glad I got a few questions reopened today and maybe I'll just stick around this time.