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/6442/2015-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/99990e67-0b95-4d12-8cfb-76a22ab8205f/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! --- > How, if at all, would your new insta-close powers affect your current voting habits or activity? > While you don't have to know the subject matter to be a mod, often it helps. Are there any major tags with which you have little to no affiliation with, and what will you do in the event that a questionable flag was made in an area where you have little expertise? > Sometimes people may become unhappy with the moderators (on this site or other sites on the stack), these people may even be active and avid members of the site. If they become unhappy with your moderation and start voicing their malcontent, how will you handle the situation? > What current policies do you believe are too strictly enforced (either by mods or the community)? Which do you believe are not enforced strictly enough? > What time zone do you live in? When (UTC) would you be active on the site, moderating? > A typical moderator on a Stack Exchange website commits to checking in regularly with the site, managing sometimes difficult decisions, for a period of several years. While they can take breaks, and occasionally receive help from the community team, most of the time it is up to you and the other moderators. This usually requires checking in to this site for moderation purposes around 3-4 times per day, on most days throughout the year. Are you prepared to make that commitment to this site? > One of the most difficult flags to manage is the "This is not an answer" flag for answers. How will you manage these flags? > 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? > Given hypothetical absolute authority, what current community policy/policies would you reverse or otherwise change (regardless of community consensus)?