In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected [from an earlier thread](<http://meta.graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/969/2014-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](http://meta.graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/revisions/7cc086cb-d8ee-4939-8bef-631d9345c5ff/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!

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> What do you see as being GD.SE's unique position or role in the design world? How do you intend to strengthen that? Or to put it another way, how would/do you 'sell' this site to designers who've never heard of it? What do you see as our USP (Unique Selling Proposition) or key strength?



> If something or someone infuriates you, and there seems to be a boiling flamewar underway, what tactics would you try?



> Moderating can sometimes require quite a bit of your time. This might mean you won't be able to, for example, write as many answers as before. How do you feel about it?



> 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?



> Moderator votes are binding, so if elected your open, close, and deletion votes will be final regardless of how many existing votes there are. How will that affect your decision making process when casting your votes?



> We've got a few "wedge issues" - mostly over types of "love it or hate it" content (for example, font identification, critiques, upcmoing designs, how-tos, etc.). What's your plan for these types of question where there's some genuine disagreement and where some people are very positive and others are more negative?



> 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?



> In your opinion, what do moderators do?