In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](http://meta.workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/2817/summer-2014-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.workplace.stackexchange.com/revisions/913d03bd-0b28-4e51-9b13-9671c95441f4/view-source). 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! --- > As Workplace SE grows, it may experience the problems of scaling, also known as ["the forum problem"](http://scobleizer.com/?p=5980). If elected, what will you do to help prevent the signal to noise ratio from becoming too low? > What are the top two or three challenges facing the site as it moves forward, and what do you plan to do as a moderator to address them? What have you already done? > Do you think your actions towards lower-quality posts will be more like an **Exception Handler** or a **Janitor**? To put it another way, do you prefer to sit back and let the community try to resolve if questions should be closed or open on their own, or do you prefer to step in as soon as you can to try and resolve a question's state immediately using moderator actions? (I realize a moderators duties will involve using both styles of moderation depending on the situation, however I would like to know which direction moderator candidates lean towards first in cases that are not so clear) > Would you be willing to unilaterally close more popular questions such as [this one](http://workplace.stackexchange.com/q/31892/2322) which very clearly are off-topic, according to the [site FAQ and guidelines](http://workplace.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic), even if you are the only close vote? Oftentimes these questions can cause problems if not closed quickly as they pick up answers which make editing the question impossible. > When you see a question or answer with major issues, such as being argumentative or poorly-written, what tool do you reach for first and why? > 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? > Two experienced users, both good contributors at times, just can't get along. Every time they interact in any way, sparks fly. Acrimonious comments pile up, distracting everyone from the actual questions being answered. Tit-for-tat flags and votes accumulate. Passive-aggressive meta posts ruin your buzz. You suspect the moderators on other sites are talking about you behind your back, clucking like so many biddy hens about your misfortune... What do you do about it? When answering, candidates should address how their responses change (if they do) if the two have a privilege imbalance, for example if one has a diamond (mod or staff) that allows him to make unilateral decisions (delete, close, flag rejection, etc). > Does The Workplace have a Comments Problem? If so, what do you believe is the problem, and how would you plan to deal with it as a moderator? > How would you handle an issue that has many members of the community on either side and the community is too divided to settle on an single conclusion?