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 Politics over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  24         29
Users destroyed³                                  39          0
Users deleted                                     51          0
Users contacted                                   46          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             11      1,832
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 0      2,014
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue           0      1,988
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 0        229
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                  0      1,770
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                 2      4,742
Tags merged                                        5          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              5          5
Tag synonyms created                               7          1
Revisions redacted                                 1          0
Questions unprotected                              4          8
Questions reopened                                29        153
Questions protected                               81        115
Questions migrated                                16          3
Questions merged                                   1          0
Questions flagged⁵                                 5      1,026
Questions closed                                 191        947
Question flags handled⁵                          656        376
Posts unlocked                                     4         11
Posts undeleted                                   24         55
Posts locked                                      14         70
Posts deleted⁶                                   375      1,626
Posts bumped                                       0         94
Escalations to the Community Manager team          3          0
Comments undeleted                               431          0
Comments flagged                                   4      3,434
Comments deleted⁷                             12,293      3,115
Comment flags handled                          2,898        542
Answers flagged                                    0      2,071
Answer flags handled                             999      1,071
All comments on a post moved to chat             148          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Politics 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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