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 6 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]( 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):

- [Mark C. Wallace][1]
- [Robert Columbia][2]
- [Semaphore][3]
- [T.E.D.][4]

> 1:   
> As you may be aware, Stack Exchange moderators have some [special abilities]( that go with the role.  One of these is the so-called '*super-vote*', such that:   
> Moderator votes are binding. Any place we have voting — close, open, delete, undelete, offensive, migration, etc — that vote will reach the threshold and take effect immediately if a single moderator casts a vote.  
> ---   
> The [general advice to moderators]( is:   
> When you see a post you think should be closed, close it.  When you see a post you think should be re-opened, re-open it.  If you're not sure, don't do either.  We've entrusted you with the ability to perform both of those tasks instantly - so use them judiciously.   
> Clearly, obvious troll posts and spam should be closed (and deleted) immediately.  However, the question of whether posts should be closed is not always that clear.  In recent years, moderators on History:SE have generally used a lighter touch, and preferred (where possible) to allow the community to decide.   
> <hr>   
> So where do you think the line should be drawn?.  **How proactive do you think moderators should be in closing posts which may be [off-topic](, based on the criteria in our help centre?**

> 2. 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?

> 3. How would you handle a situation where another mod closed/deleted/etc a question that you feel shouldn't have been?

> 4. In your opinion, what do moderators do?

> 5. 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?

> 6. In what way do you feel that being a moderator will make you more effective as opposed to simply reaching 10k or 20k rep?