In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread]( 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. However, I've opted to strike out one of our default questions, as the topic space covered by the first question in the list is basically the same, but far closer to home for the community. The total number of questions is thus 9.

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]( 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. How would you answer this [question]( regarding the negative actions of a high reputation user, which was posted to raspberrypi.meta earlier this year? Complete answers should address not only the concerns of the OP, but the behavior in question and the concerns raised in the comments. 

>2. Our community is struggling to maintain higher level users over time. Why do you think this is? Do you have any ideas on how that might be fixed?

>3. Over time there have been a few meta questions related to including other-fruited-pis, such as this one that mentioned banana pi: With some quick search you can also find similar questions about orange pi. The historical answer has been that these are *and should be* off-topic here.  Do you support continuing that position?  Why or why not?

>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 experimented with "policies" that *arguably* run counter to the process and experience expected from the larger SE universe.  There was some discussion of that, for example, on these two questions: and What are your thoughts on how closely this site should follow the norms of other SE sites versus developing its own norms that attempt to respect its size and audience.  If you argue for following norms from larger SE sites, how would your respond to the arguments in the meta questions listed that the small size and diverse subject matter encountered on this site require a different approach?  If you argue for "customizing" on this site, how would you choose what fits and mitigate any potential learning curve on high-quality users used to other SE sites who might occasionally contribute here?

>6. How would you respond to a user that attacked you personally for actions you take as a moderator (e.g. deleting or closing their posts).

>7. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

>8. 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 what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?