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. We've selected the top 9 scored submissions (edited slightly to be more concise).

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.]( 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.

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.

**Good luck to all of the candidates!**

To save scrolling here are links to the submissions from each candidate (in order of submission):

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> 1. You stumble upon an answer to a question that is currently on the HNQ list. There are comments asking the answerer to [add backup]( The user has responded that everything in their answer is "common sense" and their answer wouldn't have gotten upvotes if it didn't clearly work, so the community has decided their answer is valid. Since the question is in the HNQ, the votes might not reflect that exactly, though. What do you do?

> 2. A user has been leaving chatty or unnecessary comments over an extended period of time. While they don't comment on every post, they are consistent in leaving these comments over time - for example, leaving 2-3 chatty comments a week, for weeks on end. How do you approach this situation?

> 3. A user writes a well-backed-up [frame challenge](, but isn't very kind towards the OP in it. Some of the language seems to be bordering on violating the Code of Conduct. What do you do?

> 4. As a moderator, part of your job involves dealing with the worst behaved and most stubborn people on the site. How well do you take and respond to any abuse that is directed your way (such as personal attacks and insults)? Are you able to stay composed, or step away, and not react badly?

> 5. As a moderator, how would your current activities such as asking, answering, commenting, closing, reopening, editing, and reviewing change? Would you increase some activities, but lessen others, or would you continue at roughly the same level of activity for these?

> 6. How do you handle a dispute with a fellow moderator? How would you approach a situation in which you and a fellow moderator disagree on an action that has been taken (or will be taken in the future)?

> 7. A new user answered an old question, dating from before the backup requirements [were enforced]( You review the answer and post a comment asking for backup. The user is now complaining that the other answers aren't backed up either. What do you do?

> 8. A new user makes a few posts, which do fulfill the site standards, but you suspect they may be fake and trolling. However, it's only a gut feeling - there's no clear inconsistencies in what they've written. What do you do?

> 9. What area do you feel the site could use the most improvement in, and do you have any possible ideas for trying to tackle that issue?