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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 Earth Science over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0          8
Users destroyed³                                 12          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             3        679
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                0        276
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          0        736
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                0        207
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 0      1,057
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                3      3,193
Tag synonyms proposed                             0          4
Tag synonyms created                              2          0
Questions unprotected                             0          1
Questions reopened                                9         10
Questions protected                               0         17
Questions migrated                                9          0
Questions flagged⁵                                0        339
Questions closed                                 51        853
Question flags handled⁵                         203        136
Posts unlocked                                    0          1
Posts undeleted                                   1         14
Posts locked                                      0         31
Posts deleted⁶                                  227        822
Posts bumped                                      0        168
Comments undeleted                               26          0
Comments flagged                                  0        264
Comments deleted⁷                               501      1,051
Comment flags handled                           149        114
Answers flagged                                  12        597
Answer flags handled                            381        234
All comments on a post moved to chat              7          0

Footnotes

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 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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