Thanks [ahemmmmmm] @chadrick ;-). I’m a bit reluctant because I am not sure I’m up to it (tact not always at the forefront) but I would also like to see if I can measure up, as well as help the community.
I too have certainly gone off topic, I’m sure most of us do at some time or other, and I would welcome being made aware of it when I do.
I agree with @Al_Kafir that admonishing is not helpful - unless perhaps someone needs it - in which case ideally that would not just be the decision of a single moderator. If things get bad enough to need that, it can be through moderator consultation, quiet words in PMs, and only in public if it gets rather drastic (as happened in the early days here - when one person was clearly Trolling and @dirvine decided to make it clear this wasn’t ok and take clear action).
I take my lead from @David - first step is to spot diversions and just move them to another thread.
I second the value of having some guidelines - not because people will follow them, but because it gives moderators something to refer to when deciding whether we are justified in stepping in, and to point to if people are unhappy. The community can then change things in the guidelines if what its there is not working how we want it to.
I am feeling the pinch of time lately, like @chadrickm, so we may need more helpers than just us two, esp while @David is so busy.
So, yes @David, I want to and if it doesn’t work happy to step aside according to community feedback or my own judgement.