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 Chess over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   1         12
Users destroyed³                                   3          0
Users contacted                                    5          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            115        520
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                35        179
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          62        281
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                53        109
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                192        415
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               148        681
Tags merged                                        1          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              1          1
Tag synonyms created                               5          0
Tag highlight language set                         2          0
Questions unprotected                              1          1
Questions reopened                                 7          9
Questions protected                                9        118
Questions migrated                                 4          0
Questions flagged⁵                                 2         85
Questions closed                                  76        129
Question flags handled⁵                           61         31
Posts unlocked                                     2          2
Posts undeleted                                    5         14
Posts locked                                       4         12
Posts deleted⁶                                   145        304
Posts bumped                                       0         32
Escalations to the Community Manager team          1          0
Comments undeleted                                 3          0
Comments flagged                                 154        355
Comments deleted⁷                                410      1,023
Comment flags handled                            313        200
Answers flagged                                   37        335
Answer flags handled                             273        101
All comments on a post moved to chat               2          0


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


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