In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](https://workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/q/6860/33683) 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 our back up questions for a total of 9 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://workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/revisions/6e9f9196-2674-4541-897d-d9b7474cc877/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): - name1 --- > 1. We get a good amount of hot questions on provocative topics. Sometimes the questions seem so incredible that people question whether they are genuine. Sometimes the questions seem genuine but evoke strong negative reactions. Either way, these questions attract a lot of attention, comments, flags, and discussion in chat. How should questions like these be moderated? > > 2. In your opinion, what is the biggest problem/challenge The Workplace is currently facing? How would you propose to solve it? > > 3. A user has been posting valuable content for a while but at the same time refuses to follow the site's guidelines with a consistent pattern of bad usage of comments, unkind if not rude remarks to other users, angry rants, etc. How would you handle such a user? > > 4. There are two posts on meta that describe [what it's like to be a moderator](https://workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5938/whats-it-like-being-a-workplace-moderator) and what their [daily activities](https://workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6553/what-are-the-day-to-day-activities-of-moderators) are. Have they affected your decision to nominate yourself? Do those match your idea of what a moderator *should* be? Has anything in particular given you pause or made you think you'd approach things differently? > > 5. A significant proportion of our new questions get put on hold. Do you see this as a problem? If yes, what can we do to improve the situation? > > 6. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been? > > 7. 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? > > 8. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep? > > 9. What is your take on the Hot Network Questions concept? Moderators are able to remove questions from Hot Network Questions, do you see yourself doing this often?