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 one of our back up questions for a total of 10 questions. I omitted the two negatively-scoring 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):

- Name 1


1. > What distinguishes this site from questions about the biblical texts on [Christianity.SE][1]?

2. > This site has traditionally allowed a wide variety of hermeneutical approaches and does not (explicitly) favor any religious belief. Is this a policy you'd be interested in changing? Why or why not?

3. > Suppose there was a member of our community who writes good questions and answers, but who also shows a distinct lack of patience and respect for certain hermeneutical approaches. Perhaps they don't accept source criticism, or they reject traditional authorial ascriptions. Perhaps they can't stand esoteric or Kabbalistic approaches. Perhaps they oppose any Christological readings of the Hebrew Bible. They may not reach the line of objectively offensive, but they're quick to say that others are wrong or their posts are nonsense. What would you do with such a member (especially if you'd frequently agree that the posts they critique are nonsense)?

4. > Someone has asked a question that is off-topic, perhaps asking for what the Bible says about a topic, or looking for verses. It has already gotten several well received answers, has been put in the Hot Network Questions list, and has thousands of views. What do you, as a moderator, do? ([Example question]( of exactly this situation.)

5. > Do you agree with the principles outlined in [these site distinctives]( If not, where and why do you disagree?

6. > 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?

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

8. > Do you believe this site needs to significantly revise its stated [purpose]( and/or [distinctives]( given the reality of the types of questions and answers typically posted?

9. > Do you feel like an evangelical Protestant Christian worldview<sup>1</sup> and hermeneutical approaches are *assumed* in the majority of questions and answers on this site?
   > *If so*, are you OK with such *unstated* assumptions in 
   >  - questions?
   >  - answers?
   > Why or why not?

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