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 Data over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0          3
Users destroyed³                                  1          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            93        271
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                1          6
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          8         58
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                4         64
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue               111        438
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               23         64
Questions reopened                                5          0
Questions protected                               3          4
Questions migrated                                8          0
Questions flagged⁵                                2         53
Questions closed                                 76          4
Question flags handled⁵                          46          9
Posts unlocked                                    0          4
Posts undeleted                                   6         10
Posts locked                                      1         22
Posts deleted⁶                                   73        439
Posts bumped                                      0        280
Comments undeleted                                1          0
Comments flagged                                  2        116
Comments deleted⁷                                54        134
Comment flags handled                            31         87
Answers flagged                                   9        172
Answer flags handled                            138         43


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