In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](https://cooking.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3438/2018-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. Due to the submission count, we have selected all provided questions as well as one of our back up questions (the only one that didn't get covered by one of the other submissions, as it were) for a total of 10 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://cooking.meta.stackexchange.com/revisions/24ddc817-24e1-4d51-8726-7b61c2541366/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): --- >1. This is an old site with pretty well-established policies about a variety of things both site-specific and network-wide. **Do you feel yourself to be familiar with the site policies?** If you do, do you generally agree with them? If there are policies you disagree with, how would you act on this if called to handle a situation where you disagreed with the standard practice? Alternatively, if you're not familiar with them, how will you become familiar with the policy? Do you think you can moderate effectively without this knowledge from the start? Why or why not? >2. Becoming a moderator means more often being the bearer of "bad news" (e.g. question closure or post/comment deletion), which can lead to more friction with users. How do you feel about taking on this role, and how would you deal with it? >3. What spices or herbs do you use most often? >4. As a moderator, sometimes you end up dealing with folks who're less than nice. How would you deal with folks who're clearly trying to rile you up either in comments, mod messages or chat? >5. Why do you want to be a moderator? I am a mod on another SE site, we mainly use [blenders](https://blender.stackexchange.com) there, so I know what us mods do. I want to know why you want to be a mod. (No, the hat is not a good reason.) >6. 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? >7. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been? >8. Nobody is perfect, we all have our strengths and weaknesses: What do you think are the fields where you need to improve most and how are you going to do this? Think about knowledge, personal habits, types of contributions etc. and how the site would benefit from it. >9. How would being a moderator change your behavior on the site? Don’t think just about the fact that the diamond will be attached to all of your posts, but also that some actions like voting to close have stronger effects - aka the “Mod Hammer”. Do you expect other changes? >10. In your opinion, what do moderators do?