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).

Further reading:

Wishing you all a happy new year...

  • 3
    $\begingroup$ This post certainly didn’t age well. $\endgroup$
    – Jan
    Commented Jan 15, 2020 at 9:23


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