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 Space Exploration over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   9         11
Users destroyed³                                   4          0
Users deleted                                      1          0
Users contacted                                   18          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             25        981
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 9        364
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue           7        959
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 6        307
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 10      1,353
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                22      1,582
Tags merged                                       13          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             10          2
Tag synonyms created                              12          0
Questions reopened                                26         28
Questions protected                                5         21
Questions migrated                                20          1
Questions flagged⁵                                 0        170
Questions closed                                  65        318
Question flags handled⁵                          116         55
Posts unlocked                                     0          2
Posts undeleted                                    8         79
Posts locked                                       0         30
Posts deleted⁶                                   250        648
Posts bumped                                       0         99
Escalations to the Community Manager team          1          0
Comments undeleted                                 1          0
Comments flagged                                   0        831
Comments deleted⁷                              1,284      3,533
Comment flags handled                            430        400
Answers flagged                                    4        961
Answer flags handled                             495        470
All comments on a post moved to chat              35          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Space Exploration 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...

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for posting all this information, wow, this is a community! To "... what could be more festive than a big pile of numbers?" potentially some reinstatement activity. On another note, does the zero in the "All comments on a post moved to chat" row capture when two users do this manually (i.e. use the "move to chat" option and then manually clean up their comments themselves? $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Jan 1, 2020 at 22:47
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Naw, that's something else @uhoh $\endgroup$
    – Shog9
    Jan 1, 2020 at 23:19
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ One of the significant changes I can see is that we had more tag activity in 2019. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Jan 6, 2020 at 16:50


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