In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](http://meta.gis.stackexchange.com/questions/3111/2013-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. 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 linebreak](http://meta.gis.stackexchange.com/revisions/5244a02d-cdb4-4d05-8eb0-ff9d5296db87/view-source). 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! --- > In your opinion, what do moderators do? > 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? > In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep? > 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? > How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been? > An important characteristic of a moderator is to have a good understanding of the community as well as StackExchange itself. The most salient ways to achieve these are (1) reviews and voting; (2) participation in Meta (through asking questions, answering them, and voting) and (3) significant participation on another SE site. **What is your record in these areas and what does it say about your commitment to the GIS site? If your record is weak in one or more of them, then what other evidence can you offer in their place that you have the preparation to be a good moderator?** > Moderators need to visit the site practically every day. How often have you been visiting this year? If it is much less than daily, then why are you confident you can substantially increase the time you will be spending day after day, year after year? > This site appears to have a relatively low amount of voting. Consequently it tends to be difficult for users to acquire high reputation. Is this a problem? If not, why not? If so, what do you think could be done about it? > What, if anything, needs to be changed to improve our site? What ways are there to carry out these improvements? What role would you play as a moderator in promoting and carrying them out? > Apart from exceptional circumstances, moderators are the last line of review for the site's content. No moderator is required or even expected to be knowledgeable about every aspect of GIS. But then how will you make daily decisions--about migrating questions; closing and deleting questions, answers, comments, and chat messages; editing tag wikis and the FAQ; and many more--concerning content about which you are not an expert (or are even totally unfamiliar)? > How have you helped newcomers feel welcome and accepted here, even--or especially--when they might initially have posted poor questions or answers? What additional privileges granted to you as moderator will enable you to increase the attractiveness of our site so that we may continue to grow and retain those who participate? > How can we make more people aware of our site and want to use it? If you were promoting it, what would you say its strengths and weaknesses are? What kind of person would you encourage to become a regular participant? > A lot of the moderation work is extremely mundane. It is deleting obvious spam, closing blatantly off-topic questions, and culling some of the worst rated posts in various dimensions. **Do you have the patience and commitment to become a GIS Stack Exchange Moderator?** > How would you determine whether a question is on-topic for GIS.SE, such as these? (http://gis.stackexchange.com/q/58578) (http://gis.stackexchange.com/q/41724) (http://gis.stackexchange.com/q/23644) > What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the growth of GIS.SE? > What one GIS software package are you most proficient with? Are there others that you're proficient with? > What would you want firstly to do when you are a moderator? > What connects you to this site in particular? Answering, commenting , questioning, chatting, voting or what? > As a moderator, will you be active throughout the day, or mostly during specific hours when you're on-line for some other reasons (be it work, leisure, free time, etc.)?