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 Writing over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  10         16
Users destroyed³                                   3          0
Users contacted                                   17          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             22        704
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 2        282
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          38      1,333
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 4        250
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 51      1,548
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                11      2,006
Tags merged                                       17          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              5          3
Tag synonyms created                               9          0
Questions unprotected                              2          0
Questions reopened                                10         24
Questions protected                               11         30
Questions migrated                                21         42
Questions merged                                   1          0
Questions flagged⁵                                21        545
Questions closed                                  78        454
Question flags handled⁵                          260        285
Posts unlocked                                     2         27
Posts undeleted                                    4         21
Posts locked                                       4        146
Posts deleted⁶                                   114        689
Posts bumped                                       0         11
Escalations to the Community Manager team          2          0
Comments undeleted                                34          0
Comments flagged                                  39        948
Comments deleted⁷                              1,429      1,092
Comment flags handled                            497        443
Answers flagged                                  109      1,013
Answer flags handled                             366        745
All comments on a post moved to chat              14          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Writing 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...

  • 1
    "Wishing you all a happy new year" - well, I dare say mine is going better than yours. Godspeed, Shog. Godspeed.
    – F1Krazy Mod
    Jan 14, 2020 at 13:33
  • 3
    "While there certainly are Moderators here." Except that there aren't. Writing no longer has any (active) moderators. Jan 17, 2020 at 16:49


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