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. With the given submission count, all questions were taken along with all backup questions for a total of 8 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]( 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):


>1. A question from the site has got into the Hot Network Questions, and has attracted several joke answers which have attracted quite a few votes. The answers technically solve the problem, but are clearly not serious and probably won't be very useful. **What would you do in this situation?**

>2. 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?

>3. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?

>4. The scope of the site is generally the result of a consensus. As a moderator, you are expected to participate and to lead that continuous definition. **How do you feel about enforcing definitions on which you do not necesarily agree?**

>5. **Do badges/reputation matter in retaining the interest of SE Users?** *If you think not, what other things might help to do so?* If you think they do, then hypothetically if you could change it, *what is the thing that is not currently recognised/awarded but ought most to be?*

>6. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

>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?