In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](http://meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/7968/2016-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, plus 2 pre-set questions from us. 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.scifi.stackexchange.com/revisions/73444db7-3391-49a7-be2d-6ac8ca13a8e8/view-source). Oh, and please consider putting your name at the top of your post so that readers will know who you are before they finish reading everything you have written. 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! --- >1. How will your moderator practices be shaped by the person in question? Will you change the way you moderate for another moderator, high reputation user, or newbie? >2. **How will you handle highly visible, controversial incidents?** The last year has seen suspensions of high rep users, freezing of our main chat room, and a moderator being asked to resign. I do not want to rehash those incidents, but one thing that stood out to me was the decision by both the community managers and the moderators to keep as silent as possible, asking us to do the same — most notably to not discuss it in the chat room. **How will you handle incidents like the suspension of a high rep user or a chat regular?** How will you balance the need for privacy, the need to prevent escalation, and the need of the community for information? >3. According to [**A Theory of Moderation**](http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/05/a-theory-of-moderation/), a moderator should be a "human exception handler", one who steps in when the system needs occasional intervention. **How will you best separate your own opinions and your responsibilities for being an ambassador for the site?** >4. What do you do now to build the community, rather than your own prestige in the community? >5. One of the complaints we see often is that many users are not aware of current meta policies. Additionally, some of the policy decisions conflict with each other. What do you suggest we do to make these policies more definitive and more accessible to the average user? >6. Will you be able to separate yourself from relationships made in chat in order to fulfill your role as a moderator dealing with people you are chat friendly with on the main site? >7. Have you ever been suspended (from any Stack Exchange main site or chat), and if so for what? Are you willing to release existing moderators from the [moderator agreement](http://scifi.stackexchange.com/legal/moderator-agreement) to confirm or rectify your answer? >8. How often, and for how long, are you willing to be on the site each day/week? Our current mods are fantastic, but it is sometimes difficult to find one when you need one. What are your normal usage patterns here? >9. 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? >10. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?