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. 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 *plus* an additional bonus question. 

The bonus question is an extra related in measure towards part of the reason this specific election is being held, and I was technically supposed to add it into the thread to be vetted but did not get to. However, due to its importance, I've opted to include it as an eleventh question, and hope that the candidates will be okay to bear with this slight change in protocol.

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.gaming.stackexchange.com/revisions/0432baa7-d1a4-4219-9778-f31d3b840542/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. As a community, we have our fair share of divisive issues, often hashed out at length in meta and on chat, usually with strong arguments either way. As a moderator, what do you see as your role during these community disagreements?



>2. Meta discussions can often be divisive, with two (and sometimes multiple) sides forming differing stances and viewpoints within the same discussion. Can you give an example of a meta (or chat conversation) which made you change your stance on a particular issue? And/or, can you give an example of a meta/chat in which you were originally barracking for a particular side, but since that time have changed your stance on the issue? If not, why not?



>3. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?



>4. As a moderator, you will have access to all sorts of privileged information that is not accessible to regular users. Under what circumstances would you access users' personal information and why?



>5. A new question appears! It's a little weird and unlike anything you've seen. The community starts discussing how to handle it, and it's both been closed and reopened. What do? [Some examples](http://meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/a/11631/85).



>6. Why do you want to be a mod? It's not an easy job, and is actually quite thankless and unrewarding. You'll have to field criticism and complaints from all corners, no matter what you do. How will you handle that?



>7. 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?



>8. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?



>9. I've noticed some of the candidates have unusual upvote:downvote ratio. Although moderators don't directly affect voting, they do have an active voice in meta discussions that can affect voting patterns, and their user profiles present an example for new users. Can you justify your upvote:downvote ratio? Do you believe downvotes should be used more, or less, than how they are used now? In what cases do you believe a question should get a downvote but not a close vote? Do you expect that being elected a moderator will affect your voting habits?



>10. Moderators' close and re-open votes are binding. If elected, how (if at all) would your close/re-open voting practices change?



>**B**. A major reason for this Arqade election is to deal with moderator load - [one moderator has been handling the majority of it](http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/30006383#30006383), and what we need above all else is activity out of the new moderators. **How active do you plan to be in handling the moderation**? What times can you reasonably be active, how consistently will you be able to commit time to keeping the site in check?