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 Chemistry over the past 12 months:
Action Moderators Community¹ ----------------------------------------- ---------- ---------- Users suspended² 11 23 Users destroyed³ 157 0 Users deleted 30 0 Users contacted 22 0 Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 439 2,320 Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 277 1,226 Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 552 2,443 Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 130 669 Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 91 5,094 Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 264 16,515 Tags merged 1 0 Tag synonyms proposed 1 1 Tag synonyms created 1 0 Questions unprotected 1 0 Questions reopened 240 20 Questions protected 54 88 Questions migrated 10 2 Questions merged 4 0 Questions flagged⁵ 36 1,016 Questions closed 1,074 3,879 Question flags handled⁵ 436 617 Posts unlocked 5 3 Posts undeleted 62 151 Posts locked 6 213 Posts deleted⁶ 1,089 6,182 Posts bumped 0 905 Escalations to the Community Manager team 13 0 Comments undeleted 54 0 Comments flagged 813 1,847 Comments deleted⁷ 3,337 3,742 Comment flags handled 1,851 810 Answers flagged 485 2,114 Answer flags handled 2,176 425 All comments on a post moved to chat 29 0
¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Chemistry 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...