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. To that end, here is how the moderation done here on Earth Science breaks down by activity over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0          8
Users destroyed                                  17          0
Users contacted                                   2          0
Tasks reviewed³: Suggested Edit queue             1        496
Tasks reviewed³: Reopen Vote queue                0        155
Tasks reviewed³: Low Quality Posts queue          4        794
Tasks reviewed³: Late Answer queue                0        162
Tasks reviewed³: First Post queue                 0      1,074
Tasks reviewed³: Close Votes queue                1      1,198
Tag synonyms proposed                             0          1
Questions reopened                                7          6
Questions protected                               2         17
Questions migrated                               11          0
Questions flagged⁴                                1        146
Questions closed                                 51        243
Question flags handled⁴                          67         80
Posts unlocked                                    0          1
Posts undeleted                                   1         24
Posts locked                                      1         31
Posts deleted⁵                                  170        394
Posts bumped                                      0        192
Escalations to the CM team                        1          0
Comments undeleted                               11          0
Comments flagged                                  0        281
Comments deleted⁶                               367        813
Comment flags handled                           174        107
Answers flagged                                  11        684
Answer flags handled                            449        246
All comments on a post moved to chat              1          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Earth Science 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 This counts every review that was submitted (not skipped) - so the 3 suggested edits reviews needed to approve an edit would count as 3, the goal being to indicate the frequency of moderation actions. This also applies to flags, etc.

⁴ Includes close flags (but not close or reopen votes).

⁵ This ignores numerous deletions that happen automatically in response to some other action.

⁶ This includes comments deleted by their own authors (which also account for some number of handled comment flags).

Wishing you all a happy new year...



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