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
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).
Wanna see how these numbers have changed over time? I posted a similar report here last year: 2018: a year in moderation...
You can also check out this report on other sites
- Or peruse detailed information on the number of questions closed and reopened across all sites
Wishing you all a happy new year...