In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](http://meta.christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/1958/2013-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. Not every question was compiled - as noted, we only selected the top 8 questions as submitted by the community, plus 2 pre-set questions from us. 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](http://meta.christianity.stackexchange.com/revisions/120a72fb-fb4c-491f-b932-add125130302/view-source). For readability due to multiple large questions in the line up, I've added numbers to the list. 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! --- > 1. 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? > 2. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been? > 3. When you see a question or answer with major issues, e.g. argumentative or poorly-written, what tool do you reach for first and why? > 4. Bearing in mind that this site is about Christianity, but [*not* a Christian site](http://meta.christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/193/brothers-we-are-not-christians), how do you intend to remain as objective and non-biased as possible when evaluating the contributions of users? > 5. One of the hardest issues we've dealt with over the past two years is how to deal with the following two related issues: > > - Minority Christian groups that are regarded as heretical by mainstream groups. > - Individuals who claim to be the only person who believes the way they do and insist on being able to post their opinions wherever they please on this site. > > Our scope has mandated that we include anyone (or group) who self identify as Christian. > > - How will you as a moderator assist in making minority groups feel welcome? > - How will you handle individuals who do not have an identifiable group or doctrine? > > 6. What, if any, role do you think moderators can/should have in developing replacement moderators and developing a strong community that reduces the need for moderator action? > 7. As a moderator on Christiantiy.SE, which how would you prioritize the following, realizing that they are not mutually exclusive, but at times certain points can be, depending on the situation: > > - Demonstrating a Christian attitude and Christian behavior > - Guiding new users into understanding the site guidelines > - Addressing unacceptable behavior > - Enforcing site guidelines, even the ones you disagree with. > - Ensuring all answers come from a Christian perspective > - Addressing heretical or grossly incorrect answers > > For a concrete example: in the event of a conflict between these items, which "wins"? Say we have a new user that is repeatedly posting questions that fail to meet basic site rules, and ignores the community's attempts to explain the rules. > > What wins? > > - The Christian behavior: Kindness, gentleness, desire to see this person get saved? > - Enforcing the guidelines and suspending/censoring the user? > - Ensuring that the answers are from a Christian perspective, and deleting the ones that are not? > 8. What are the top two or three challenges facing the site as it moves forward, and what do you plan to do to address them? (If applicable: what have you already done about them?) > 9. Why do you want to be a moderator? It is time consuming, frustrating, and not very rewarding. What is your motivation to take this thankless job? > 10. How would you handle a non-minor disagreement (not something that can be ignored as "personal preference," "could go either way," etc) with the action or inaction of another moderator?