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 Mi Yodeya over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   9         46
Users destroyed³                                  12          0
Users deleted                                     55          0
Users contacted                                   21          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            151      1,711
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                27      1,216
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue           6      1,241
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 0        183
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                  1        526
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                19      3,412
Tags merged                                       20          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             13          7
Tag synonyms created                              40          1
Revisions redacted                                 3          0
Questions unprotected                              0          1
Questions reopened                                83         64
Questions protected                                4          7
Questions migrated                                 6          1
Questions merged                                   6          0
Questions flagged⁵                                50        304
Questions closed                                 717        373
Question flags handled⁵                          243        112
Posts unlocked                                     3          3
Posts undeleted                                   13        109
Posts locked                                       9         31
Posts deleted⁶                                   299      1,262
Posts bumped                                       0      1,008
Escalations to the Community Manager team          3          0
Comments undeleted                               228          0
Comments flagged                                 213      1,972
Comments deleted⁷                             11,682      3,095
Comment flags handled                          1,447        731
Answers flagged                                  154        565
Answer flags handled                             378        340
All comments on a post moved to chat              43          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Mi Yodeya 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
    Do former mods' actions go in mod or community column (or neither)
    – Double AA Mod
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 3:45
  • 1
    more than 11.000 comments deleted!!!!
    – kouty
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 4:51
  • 3
    All actions are attributed according to the status held by the person taking action at the time the action was taken, @doubleaa
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 5:15
  • 1
    @kouty judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/q/4681/13438
    – Alex
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 15:01
  • 1
    Do "users suspended" and "users contacted" count the users or the suspensions/contacts? (Under other circumstances I would have been able to look this up myself...) Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 2:28
  • The latter, @monica - I really should have done a few corrections on this, as I'm a bit inconsistent in terminology throughout - with a couple of exceptions, all these numbers refer to actions, not items/individuals.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 4:24


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