Greetings, Earthlings. I'd like to nominate myself for the 2012 Community Moderator election just so we can have two "Eriks" in the field. :) Unlike pauska, I'm from Minnesota (a.k.a. New Norway).
I've worked in IT for nearly 13 years now - for some of that time, I was in corporate IT, then worked on the systems administration team of a local university, and now am working IT for a medical technology startup. My strengths lie primarily in the areas of linux administration, virtualization, and data storage, though I can speak with a fair degree of authority and confidence on a majority of questions that hit the site. Except iis. I hate IIS, and refuse to help those who choose to use that abomination. ;)
Serverfault Activity and Involvement
I have been quite active on Serverfault for a hair over 2 years now, and for most of that time have been quite active, both in answering questions, editing/improving others posts, as well as throwing my hat into the ring from time to time over on MSF. Due to a job change in early November '11, my participation has waned a bit, but now the post-new-job overload period is subsiding, so (as my reputation graph indicates) my activity has been increasing. I have also been quite active in chat, though not as much recently, also due to the job change. Participation there is a priority of mine, and I intend to poke my head in the room more often going forward.
When writing answers, commenting, or otherwise interacting with others on SF, I do my darnedest to be patient and not come off as a BOFH, but I fear (like most of us), that tendency slips out more often than I'd like, especially if I've missed my morning coffee. I find that I have much more patience with new users that "mess up" and need redirection than I do with those users who have been around the SF block enough to know better.
I live in US/Central, and tend to be most active during business hours on weekdays and weekend evenings. In UTC, that would be 15:00-23:30 during the week, and 01:00-05:00 weekends.
I've been around the community for long enough that I have a good sense on what's good (yay!), what's bad (but could be salvaged with some gentle guidance), and what's bad (burninate, plz). I will try and rely on the community at large to do their own moderation. I have seen (and been quite frustrated by) overly-zealous use of the mod hammer at times, and I will reserve its use for all but the most dire of circumstances.