So the SRD mod team applications have probably inundated /u/dramamod. At least half of those are too blatantly retarded to even consider and I’m sure these are being passed around to one another for laughs. But there must be a few that warrant serious considerations. Can I ask for a number of how many of those there are and an estimated amount of time until final decisions are made? You’ll notice my own username isn’t among those applying and for good reason. I have a post in /r/Drama regrading this. Give me a minute to find it and edit it in.
Don’t be a mod. If you’re ever asked to mod anything, ask how much you’ll be paid. When they say you’ll work for free, tell them they can fuck off for free. Then you can return to shitposting on Reddit while they go check the queue to see what was just reported.
Speaking from my experience of being a mod on other sites as well as Reddit on previous accounts, it’s kind of a paradox where only an idiot agrees to be a mod but that profound retardation also makes you qualified to be a mod. But then there are the exceptionally idiotic people that will actually ask to be a mod. Those people tend to be smarter than the average person but are socially challenged and emotionally stunted. If you’ve ever frequented a forum or sub for long enough, you’ll have an idea of the kind of person that would be. You probably even had a particular mod here in /r/Drama come to mind when I said that.
Tl; dr Don’t be stupid.
That's not necessarily true, and I'll give you some different reasons using myself as an example. I mod a huge Top 40 subreddit who's subject matter should make it a nice subreddit that makes you feel good, but it gets slammed with some of the worst toxic trolls on the entire site. It's mod queue is pure poison. And I feel like a dedicated gardener pulling weeds nonstop to try to let the beauty grow through. It's emotionally rewarding to defeat ugly.
I also mod another large subreddit that's a completely different topic that's much more primal and corse. But I enjoy that one because it was an angry and toxic community due to poor management before and I enjoyed the challenge of fixing the subreddit and earning respect for the subreddit back. It's like the satisfaction of resorting an old destroyed muscle car. And I work with one of the best mod teams ever, so it's been a blast.
And I mod a small niche subreddit that was my passion project. I designed the css, promoted and built that sucker up from the dead because I'm passionate about the subject matter. (Old time radio programs)
So not everyone mods for powertripping reasons. Some people just like to be an active part of making things better or even just keeping them good.