In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](https://dba.meta.stackexchange.com/q/3374/62408) 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 and non-negatively-scored questions as well as our back up questions for a total of 9 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://dba.meta.stackexchange.com/revisions/f0b7f709-516d-4d73-abe4-dc3e9f232142/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): - name1 --- > 1. In your opinion, what do moderators do? > > 2. 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? > > 3. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep? > > 4. 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? > > 5. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been? > > 6. In your opinion, what is the biggest problem/challenge Database Administrators is currently facing? How would you propose to solve it? > > 7. Would you be proud to tell people in other places that you're a moderator here? Ex: on your linkedin profile, or at conferences? > > 8. What is your favorite StackExchange experience or question/answer? What gave you the best engagement/entertainment? What specifically about this made it so memorable? > > 9. What are some of the things Stack Exchange (and DBA.se in particular) has done well to promote diversity among askers, answerers, and moderators? What are areas they/we have done poorly? For example, many women feel they must obscure their female identify (through pseudonyms, avatars, etc) to be welcome on the site. Similar could be said for other minorities and underrepresented groups. As a moderator, how will you contribute to promoting a more welcoming environment that allows individuals to feel that their whole person is a part of the Stack Exchange community?