In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](http://meta.dba.stackexchange.com/questions/956/2013-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. As there was insufficient count provided, we have included all positive voted questions plus our backup 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 three dashes](http://meta.dba.stackexchange.com/revisions/33585445-3027-4275-91d5-f5d0b418f932/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! --- > 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? > In your opinion, what do moderators do? > 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? > In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep? > What do you think is the biggest benefit of dba.se to the world of database professionals, and how can will you help make the site an even more valuable resource when elected? > Should SE make [Jake Feasel](http://dba.stackexchange.com/users/5074/jake-feasel) (owner/author of [SQLFiddle](http://sqlfiddle.com/)) an offer he can't refuse? > What do you feel about content that includes vital info in a link to an external site? eg [Gist](https://gist.github.com/) or [SQLFiddle](http://sqlfiddle.com/)? Should we treat either or both as 'permanent', or insist that a question or answer should be useful whether or not they disappear? > We currently have three moderators who are actively communicating with each other about issues. After the election we will presumably have four. That means that we might get deadlock on a decision. How do you feel we should constructively resolve a situation like that?