In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](https://sports.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/967/2020-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 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](https://sports.meta.stackexchange.com/revisions/0cce1210-c9a4-4847-907d-a66292766112/view-source). 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, 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. Moderators are not selected because they are domain experts in certain tags, but it so happens that you are an expert in one such tag. You see that several members of the community have elected to close a question as a duplicate, but you see that the duplicates don't actually answer the question as stated, nor do they provide a useful signpost for the asker. How do you proceed? > 2. In your opinion, what is the biggest problem/challenge Sports Stack Exchange is currently facing? How would you propose to solve it? > 3. Activity on Sports seems to [decline as of late](https://data.stackexchange.com/sports/query/1120804/questions-per-day-n-day-moving-average?numberOfDays=30&fromDate=2017-01-01#graph); if you were elected, what would you try to do about this? Or do you feel this isn't the job of a ♦ moderator at all? > 4. 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? > 5. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been? > 6. In your opinion, what do moderators do? > 7. 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? > 8. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep? > 9. Sports SE has comparatively few users with higher privileges (only 16 users > 5K, only 40 users > 2K, out of ~650 users > 2H and ~12000 users total). This can sometimes mean questions aren't closed, answers aren't deleted, or other key site actions that should be managed by the community don't occur. Please outline your expectation for taking binding moderator actions in such cases, versus waiting for the community to perform these tasks. > 10. There is a high-rep user who is very active on the site, but frequently uses strong language which violates the [Code of Conduct](https://sports.stackexchange.com/conduct) in their comments. When you warned them, they replied stating that the questions are of low quality which is why they left those comments. They also threatened to quit the site. Despite the warning, they continue to post similar comments. What steps, if any, will you take in order to address this situation? What if the comments were on Meta instead of main? Does that change your approach at all?