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 Software Recommendations over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  3         18
Users destroyed³                                 92          0
Users deleted                                     4          0
Users contacted                                  12          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue           550        476
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue              269         22
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue        346        230
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue               80        374
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue               227      9,502
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue              752        695
Tags merged                                       4          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             4          0
Tag synonyms created                              3          0
Questions reopened                              151          0
Questions protected                               0         14
Questions migrated                               21          0
Questions flagged⁵                               25      4,144
Questions closed                              4,485          2
Question flags handled⁵                       2,006      2,163
Posts unlocked                                    0          1
Posts undeleted                                  15         78
Posts locked                                      0        130
Posts deleted⁶                                  509      7,491
Posts bumped                                      0      2,908
Comments undeleted                                3          0
Comments flagged                                 12        212
Comments deleted⁷                               614        451
Comment flags handled                           131         93
Answers flagged                                  43        809
Answer flags handled                            678        174


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Software Recommendations 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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