In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](https://softwarerecs.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2756/2018-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. Due to the submission count, we have selected all provided questions as well as two of our back up questions for a total of 10 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 first set of three dashes](https://softwarerecs.meta.stackexchange.com/revisions/12f84230-2d93-4eb8-bed8-a9f40bb93325/view-source). 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, and also including a link to your answer on your nomination post. 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! **Oh, and when you've completed your answer, please provide a link to it after this blurb here, before that set of three dashes. Please leave the list of links in the order of submission.** To save scrolling here are links to the submissions from each candidate (in order of submission): --- >1. Someone asked a question that only says "What is the best text editor?", and two people wrote very detailed answers about Notepad and Vi, each answer receiving several upvotes. What steps do you take (if you take any)? >2. Someone posts an answer of the form “if … then product A, if … then product B”. Another user edits the answer down to product A and says to post a separate answer for product B, citing [this meta answer](https://softwarerecs.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/55/what-to-do-when-an-answer-contains-several-suggestions/388#388). The answerer edits the answer back. How do you settle this? >3. 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? >4. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been? >5. We have some odd rules, compared to the rest of the network, around quality and scope. Do you think these are (still) necessary? Should they be changed or enforced differently in some way? >6. Someone asked an extremely specific question that most probably does not have any solution ("*I need an EPL-license driver to connect my ENIAC computer to my Whirlpool3276B washing machine via MTESRL-TSMR protocol and it must send me a log via SMS every Tuesday*"). What steps do you take (if you take any)? >7. This site has [the lowest rate of answered questions on the network](https://stackexchange.com/sites#percentanswered). Why do you think this is? What can we do to give people a better chance at getting (useful!) answers? >8. There is a question about something you understand nothing about ("*I need a tool to extract metatransisotopes from an AtomBoom© database*"), and there is a spam flag on an answer that you don't understand either. What steps do you take (if you take any)? >9. In your opinion, what do moderators do? >10. 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?