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 English Language & Usage over the past 12 months:
Action Moderators Community¹ ----------------------------------------- ---------- ---------- Users suspended² 17 46 Users destroyed³ 316 0 Users deleted 15 0 Users contacted 53 0 User suspensions lifted early 1 0 Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 68 4,748 Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 10 2,784 Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 19 10,627 Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 5 2,949 Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 9 13,145 Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 138 14,094 Tags merged 34 0 Tag synonyms proposed 52 1 Tag synonyms created 52 1 Revisions redacted 3 0 Questions unprotected 1 5 Questions reopened 115 66 Questions protected 362 262 Questions migrated 519 234 Questions merged 8 0 Questions flagged⁵ 63 2,772 Questions closed 3,093 4,970 Question flags handled⁵ 937 1,917 Posts unlocked 4 120 Posts undeleted 44 311 Posts locked 13 1,355 Posts deleted⁶ 2,261 14,707 Posts bumped 0 3,929 Escalations to the Community Manager team 16 0 Comments undeleted 104 0 Comments flagged 67 7,155 Comments deleted⁷ 6,884 14,763 Comment flags handled 2,110 5,102 Bounties canceled 3 0 Answers flagged 349 7,376 Answer flags handled 5,734 1,991 All comments on a post moved to chat 155 0
¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of English Language & Usage 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).
Wanna see how these numbers have changed over time? I posted a similar report here last year: 2018: a year in moderation...
You can also check out this report on other sites
- Or peruse detailed information on the number of questions closed and reopened across all sites
Wishing you all a happy new year...