In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread]( 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 9 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]( 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):

- [Name](link)


1. > The elected Moderators on Skeptics have been accused on many occasions of over moderation, what steps would you take to increase the level of community moderation?

2. > There are a raft of policies on Skeptics.SE that often prove a challenge for new users. Are there any of these rules you would like to see the community change? Are there any of these rules that you feel you would not be able to enforce as a moderator?

3. > Skeptics has a high ratio of post deletion when compared to other SE sites. Is this a natural result of the site topic, or can/should certain things be done differently?

4. > Community participation on skeptics meta is quite light, what would you do to improve community participation in meta discussions?

5. > What is the most important issue facing the site's future success today? What do you plan to do about it as a moderator?

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. > How do you feel about the Hot Network Questions effect?

9. > When should comments be deleted and when should they remain?

10. > How do you balance a skeptic's need to reveal the truth with the simple fact-checking nature of this Q&A site?

11. > Questions can be closed (and opened) either by moderators, or by the community. Under what circumstances is it beneficial to let the closure process be done by the community, and when is it better for moderators to do it?