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 Academia over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  25         36
Users destroyed³                                 391          0
Users deleted                                     15          0
Users contacted                                   54          0
User suspensions lifted early                      1          0
User banned from review                            2          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             33      1,690
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 0      1,040
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          21      1,695
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 1        505
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 18      4,574
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                26      6,985
Tags merged                                       23          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              6          0
Tag synonyms created                               5          2
Revisions redacted                                17          0
Questions reopened                                23         36
Questions protected                               77        158
Questions migrated                                32          2
Questions flagged⁵                                83      2,719
Questions closed                                 382      1,972
Question flags handled⁵                          806      1,997
Posts unlocked                                     3          6
Posts undeleted                                   33         69
Posts locked                                       8        464
Posts deleted⁶                                   528      2,848
Posts bumped                                       0        352
Escalations to the Community Manager team         22          0
Comments undeleted                               250          0
Comments flagged                                  59      2,429
Comments deleted⁷                              6,643      3,565
Comment flags handled                          1,553        933
Bounties canceled                                  1          0
Answers flagged                                  122      2,428
Answer flags handled                           1,680        869
All comments on a post moved to chat             204          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Academia 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).

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Wishing you all a happy new year...



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