This thread is opened for questions addressed to (all) the candidates in the December 2010 moderator election.
If questions are kept simple enough they can be answered fully in the comments, and doing so would reduce the tendency for pre-election voting on the candidates rather than their comments. This thread is NOT meant as a candidates' debate or a pre-election poll but a way of eliciting candidates' views on matters relevant to the site that arise from their nomination statements or discussions prior to the election process.
Naturally, candidates (and non-candidates) are as free to contribute or not as in all other threads on this site, no candidate is obligated to spend time answering any question, and (in my opinion) not answering should not count against any candidate. The opportunity to clarify views of moderators and users about site management would be of value even if the number of candidates is no larger than the number of moderator positions. [update: there are now 5 nominees for 3 spots].
[a suggestion: if you want to both ask a question and express opinions about the subject of the question (e.g, campaigning for a particular answer, or explaining why the question is important), post the additional non-question material only in the comments or in a separate meta thread. This way candidates' answers are a direct reflection of their thoughts on the question itself, and readers interested mainly in what the candidates think about the questions are not forced to read the non-Q&A material by non-candidates if they do not wish to. It also avoids the asymmetry of an unlimited-length opinion statement that can only be answered in 500-char comments.]