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 Open Source over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0         10
Users destroyed³                                  2          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            15        128
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                1         13
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          1         20
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                0         31
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                24        516
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               15        235
Questions reopened                                1          0
Questions protected                               0          4
Questions migrated                                2          0
Questions flagged⁵                                1         85
Questions closed                                 64         39
Question flags handled⁵                          51         35
Posts unlocked                                    0          2
Posts undeleted                                   4          7
Posts locked                                      1          9
Posts deleted⁶                                   33        159
Posts bumped                                      0         48
Comments undeleted                                4          0
Comments flagged                                  0        100
Comments deleted⁷                               225        178
Comment flags handled                            39         61
Answers flagged                                   3         71
Answer flags handled                             53         21
All comments on a post moved to chat              5          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Open Source 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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