In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](http://meta.philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/3201/2016-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 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](http://meta.philosophy.stackexchange.com/revisions/193475f9-5f92-446c-aa94-d6acf59334df/view-source). Oh, and 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. 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. What do you think philosophy is or for the purposes of the SE? How do you think this SE should balance popular and technical uses of the term? >2. In some respects, the word "philosophy" is a recipe for [boat programming](http://meta.stackexchange.com/a/14486/205264) questions. What, if any, are good reasons for closing a question as off-topic as moderator of philosophy.SE (rather than waiting for users to vote)? What signals and/or internal rules do you plan to use to decide when to act unilaterly? >3. 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? >4. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been? >5. How do you propose to deal with popular philosophy and (new) users who want to participate in a low-level discussion themselves? Think, for example, about quantum mechanics. Related Meta questions: (http://meta.philosophy.stackexchange.com/q/2/2953) (http://meta.philosophy.stackexchange.com/q/11/2953) (http://meta.philosophy.stackexchange.com/q/3021/2953) >6. A lot of the philosophical landscape is plagued by the conflation of *opposing* philosophy and *bad* philosophy. Where and how do you draw the line, in those fields where you have personally held positions, between something you "merely" disagree with, and something you believe needs to be downvoted, edited, or even removed for poor quality? >7. In your opinion, what do moderators do? >8. 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? >9. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?