Occassionally I come upon a question which seems rather obvious to me, but was nevertheless closed as either "not focused enough" (example 1) or "unclear what's being asked" (example 2).
Well that's fine then, but a common theme across such questions is that they were closed single-handledly by a moderator just a few minutes after it was asked, without attempting to ask for clarification through comments, and without actually giving anyone else who does understand the question a chance to properly answer it.
I believe that the "unclear" votes only make sense if multiple people cast them – it does not make sense to close off a question to everyone just because one mod fails to understand what's being asked, and I do think that this is becoming a misuse of moderator powers. It is not the job of a moderator to say "if I cannot understand this, then nobody else can either".
And that's not even counting the posts that ask "How do I find out which hardware suits my needs" and immediately get closed with "Try asking how to find out what suits your needs" 5.
Or the posts which are closed as "seeking learning material recommendations" 6 even though the question asks for a very specific explanation; it would be difficult to give an opinion-based answer to that. And of course, the moderator happens to provide links to learning materials in a comment – despite closing the question for allegedly requesting the same.
Or self-answers where OP explains how they solved their own issue – getting deleted because "they do not provide an answer to the question".
It's not that I'm writing this post because I disagree with a few specific actions – none of those are my own posts, and I'm not looking for explanations for each and every example. Honestly I don't even care for explanations. Rather, I'm posting this because it feels like the same has been going on for well over a year, and even with my addiction keeping me here, it's really disheartening to see actions from the same moderator that seem to go against the spirit and the word of the rules over and over and over, and I want to get this off my chest.