In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](<LINK TO FIRST THREAD>) have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as the space for the candidates to provide their answers. With the given submission count, we have selected all upvoted questions as well as 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](http://meta.softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/revisions/923c3677-185a-43cf-b6b7-828478394fc6/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!

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>1. Do you think that the current policy of "delete-on-sight (with a comment)" for low quality answers should continue? What, if any, changes would you make / suggest?



>2. What do you think this site's biggest challenge is? (E.g. post quality or quantity, too many/few closures/deletion, bad tools/guidance, etc.) What do you think should be done about it (by anybody: moderators, users in general, Stack Exchange staff, ...)?



>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. This site has the lowest [proportion of questions with an upvoted answer](http://stackexchange.com/sites#percentanswered). What do you think the cause is? Is this a problem, and if so what should we do about it?



>6. You close a question that's clearly off-topic and the user comes to Meta, not to ask what they did wrong, say you're a [mean word here]. How do you react?



>7. A moderator's votes are binding (aka „Thor's hammer“: if a mod votes to close, no other has to agree – the post is closed immediately). Will that change your voting behavior? Will you vote more/less/different?



>8. Similarly, 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?



>9. In your opinion, what do moderators do?



>10. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?