In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread]( have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as the space for the candidates to provide their answers. Due to the lack of submission count, we have selected all provided questions as well as our back up questions for a total of 9 questions.

As a candidate, your job is simple - post an answer to this question, citing each of the questions and then post your answer to each question given in that same answer. For your convenience, I will include all of the questions in quote format with a break in between each, suitable for you to insert your answers. Just [copy the whole thing after the three dashes](

Once all the answers have been compiled, this will serve as a transcript for voters to view the thoughts of their candidates, and will be appropriately linked in the Election page.


> How would you deal with a user who produced a steady stream of valuable answers, but tends to generate a large number of arguments/flags from comments?

> How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?

> In your opinion, what do moderators do?

> A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said in the past, including questions, answers and comments. Everything you will do will be seen under a different light. How do you feel about that?

> In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?

> In the couple of years I (paulmorriss) have been active on this site it seems to me we have a large number of questions, but no so many answers or answerers. My question is - how would you make sure that new and old questions get more and higher quality answers?

> How can you ensure that you have enough time to dedicate to your moderation duties?

> What's your opinion on the where to draw the line between questions that belong to this site and the others that are closely related -, and

> If one of team members of Stack Exchange responsible for future developments to SE sites was to approach you and pop the question: "What would you change, or add to better the Stack Exchange Network?" What would be your response?