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. 

Due to the submission count, we have selected all provided questions as well as our back up questions for a total of 10 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]( 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):


>1. How much do you know about the following series: _Naruto_, _One Piece_, _Fairy Tail_, _Bleach_, _Dragon Ball_? The reason I ask is that these five franchises have the a couple common characteristics. They together make up about 25% of our total questions to-date and [35% of our total question views](, so being able to moderate them is important. Questions on these topics appear to be poorly-written more often than questions on other topics, which makes moderating them more important. (This is gut-feel; I don't have numbers. It might just be that I _notice_ poorly-written questions on these topics disproportionately often.). Finally, the sum total of my (senshin, a moderator) knowledge of these franchises is that I've played one of the _Naruto_ fighting games, and hence I often have difficulty distinguishing between "a pile of utter garbage" and "a poorly-written but reasonable question". Our other moderators aren't as useless as me in this respect, but it never hurts to have more hands who know about these things.

>2. What are, in your opinion, the current issues our StackExchange is facing and how do you plan to address them if you were elected as a moderator?

>3. One thing I have noticed is that most of our Mod Team do not appear in the main Chat Room, to the point that most can't being be @ pinged. While Chat is optional it does provide a platform to contact Mods and discuss policies/decisions as opposed to using custom flags or posting on Meta and it does make a Mod more approachable. As a Mod would you become more active/participate in Chat? if not how would you open yourself up to being contacted outside of flagging and Meta Posts?

>4. We have [a number of community events]( from annual events like [Conspiracy Santa]( to one off events like [EU A&M Meet up]( Are there any other Events you would like to see occur to help bolster community cohesion, attract more users to the site and/or increase activity and participation on the site? Apart from the idea of *events*, are there any other ways you would encourage the community to grow and collaborate?

>5. 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?

>6. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?

>7. What example can you point to, either here or on another site in the network, that is most indicative of your moderation style? How would you adapt it to fit for this site?

>8. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

>9. 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?

>10. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?