When I served as a moderator for the first time in the summer of 2010, my brother (who knew my password and was ~10 years old at the time was tricked into giving it to some guy who said that he wanted to ban a hacker. If I remember correctly, his username (the guy who went rogue on my account) was “skill.” or something like that. He ended up banning all of the mods and a good chunk of players, and made the game pretty unplayable for a day.
It wasn’t a good “memory” at the time but it’s probably the thing that has taught me the most from SA. I learned to be more wary of people, to hold my secrets closer to myself, and to hold myself accountable for my direct and indirect actions. Quite a few people would say that you would learn “leadership skills” from serving as a moderator, but I found that SA moderators, for the most part, were just there for the mod team circlejerk and didn’t really care that much for the game or its community. When I hosted community playdays back in 2013/2014 (the last time that I was active on SA), I would often be the only one invested in the event and would have to take care of all of the planning, logistics, and execution of the event. The only positive thing that i can say about that experience was that it prepared me for some of the carrying that I had to do in group projects during the latter half of college.
Overall my time on SA has been bittersweet. I don’t regret the many hours that I spent on the game, but I can’t help but wonder where I’d be now if I’d spent … even just half of the time that I spent on SA on doing USACO challenges or project Euler problems or even reading fiction books.