Related to the A.I. SE meta question What is the policy on one-boxing AI-related links in this site's general chatroom? and a now apparently accidentally deleted comment (immediately below this one) in the chat room there of which I have captured part within the part in quotations:
...The line just before the quoted passage says "I think it's important for me to understand our users, what they have studied and what they are currently doing, so that I can judge more correctly their activity here." I've never seen a moderator demand the credentials of a user, or any personal information at all for that matter. Something is askew here.
I also think that moderators should see users at face value based on posts and other activities in order to "judge more correctly their activity".
I'd flagged the (now deleted) comment in chat, but the flag was promptly rejected in a time so short that I'm not sure that it was given proper review.
Question: Is it unusual for a moderator to ask for credentials or other user specifics related to the topic of an SE site in order to "judge their activity"?
- Might such a request send the wrong message about how Stack Exchange works, or perhaps intimidate users who feel either that they lack sufficient credentials to have a standing in discussion, or refrain from discussing with the moderator lest their credentials be called into question as well?
- Might it also confuse other users about how personal information is to be treated by all users, and specifically by moderators?