It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land...

A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated:

We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in that we amortize the overall moderation cost of the system across thousands of teeny-tiny slices of effort contributed by regular, everyday users.
-- A Theory of Moderation

While there certainly are Moderators here, a significant amount of the moderation is done by ordinary people, using the privileges they've earned by virtue of their contributions to the site. Each of you contributes a little bit of time and effort, and together you accomplish much.

As we enter a new year, let's pause and reflect, taking a moment to appreciate the work that we do here together. And what could be more festive than a big pile of numbers? So here is a breakdown of moderation actions performed on Web Applications over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   4         24
Users destroyed³                                 130          0
Users deleted                                      6          0
Users contacted                                    6          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            236      1,937
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                35         89
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         177      2,338
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                64      1,743
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 69      5,507
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               757      2,894
Tags merged                                        2          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              2          0
Tag synonyms created                               2          0
Revisions redacted                                 3          0
Questions unprotected                              4          2
Questions reopened                                16          2
Questions protected                                3        260
Questions migrated                                74         15
Questions merged                                   6          0
Questions flagged⁵                                55      1,800
Questions closed                               1,064        304
Question flags handled⁵                          540      1,314
Posts unlocked                                     0         15
Posts undeleted                                   27         63
Posts locked                                       4        506
Posts deleted⁶                                 1,733      2,885
Posts bumped                                       0      3,838
Escalations to the Community Manager team         14          0
Comments undeleted                                 2          0
Comments flagged                                   0        632
Comments deleted⁷                                433      1,466
Comment flags handled                            355        277
Bounties canceled                                  1          0
Answers flagged                                  100      4,469
Answer flags handled                           3,871        696


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Web Applications without diamonds next to their names, and to the automated systems otherwise known as user #-1.

² The system will suspend users under three circumstances: when a user is recreated after being previously suspended, when a user is recreated after being destroyed for spam or abuse, and when a network-wide suspension is in effect on an account.

³ A "destroyed" user is deleted along with all that they had posted: questions, answers, comments. Generally used as an expedient way of getting rid of spam.

⁴ This counts every review that was submitted (not skipped) - so the 2 suggested edits reviews needed to approve an edit would count as 2, the goal being to indicate the frequency of moderation actions. This also applies to flags, etc.

⁵ Includes close flags (but not close or reopen votes).

⁶ This ignores numerous deletions that happen automatically in response to some other action.

⁷ This includes comments deleted by their own authors (which also account for some number of handled comment flags).

Further reading:

Wishing you all a happy new year...


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