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 Graphic Design over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  12         26
Users destroyed³                                 542          0
Users deleted                                      4          0
Users contacted                                   33          0
User suspensions lifted early                      1          0
User banned from review                            2          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             66      1,095
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                16        131
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         178        598
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                48        674
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 96      2,756
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               230      2,886
Tags merged                                        1          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              2          0
Tag synonyms created                               2          0
Revisions redacted                                 8          0
Questions unprotected                              1          2
Questions reopened                                19          6
Questions protected                               34         67
Questions migrated                                47          0
Questions merged                                   1          0
Questions flagged⁵                                82     10,924
Questions closed                                 346        583
Question flags handled⁵                          745     10,262
Posts unlocked                                     3          2
Posts undeleted                                   42         64
Posts locked                                       1      1,910
Posts deleted⁶                                   672      3,682
Posts bumped                                       0      2,009
Escalations to the Community Manager team          4          0
Comments undeleted                                21          0
Comments flagged                                  76      1,232
Comments deleted⁷                                905      2,564
Comment flags handled                            217      1,091
Bounties canceled                                  2          0
Answers flagged                                  110      1,544
Answer flags handled                           1,417        238
All comments on a post moved to chat              12          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Graphic Design 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...

  • I suggested 1 of the tag synonyms created last year but didn't have enough rep to do it myself... I wonder what was the other one.
    – Luciano
    Commented Jan 7, 2020 at 10:07


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