In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/17595/2014-moderator-election-qa-question-collection) have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as the space for the candidates to provide their answers. Not every question was compiled - as noted, we only selected the top 8 questions as submitted by the community. Also at the request of the community, we have decided to provide all 5 questions we provided, for a total of 13 questions to the candidates. 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 first set of three dashes](http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/revisions/4469d740-2da8-47e3-bd10-f29ce38060c4/view-source). 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. Good luck to all of the candidates! --- > 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? > How would you use the powers conferred to moderators to be more effective than just the powers earned by standard users for hitting 10,000 or 20,000 reputation? > Have you ever been suspended? If so, provide particulars, including when, why, and for how long. > Since the [meta site](http://meta.math.stackexchange.com) is a completely different website, where policy issues are handled, how versed are you in the meta site? If you're not posting many questions or answers there, do you at least follow it passively and read the discussions and the comments there? > What is the most serious problem facing Mathematics Stack Exchange today? And what would you hope to be able to do about that problem as a moderator? > How would you personally prefer that so-called PSQs [Problem Statement Questions] be handled? Given the current policies and customs of the site, how do you think that they should in fact be handled? > This is aimed to the candidates which do not have the Deputy badge, and no reviewer badges for the queues available to them. How do you think you'll handle flags, when you've yourself flagged successfully only a few times? > Do you expect being a moderator to affect your involvement in other aspects of the site (_e.g._, review queues, editing, posting questions/answers)? If so, in what ways? If not, why not? > What is your opinion of efforts to delete questions that have correct answers? Does it matter whether they are votes to delete or downvoting to help the autodelete process apply to the question? > As a moderator, you will often find yourself interfacing with upset users, resolving conflicts, or issuing suspensions for out of line behavior. These situations require empathy and emotional intelligence. Do you practice compassion in your non-mathematical life? In what ways have you prepared to facilitate a harmonious community?