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 Ethereum over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   0          6
Users contacted                                    1          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            111      1,344
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 0        224
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         250      1,486
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 2        825
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 16      2,802
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                91      3,860
Tags merged                                        7          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              4          3
Tag synonyms created                               4          0
Questions reopened                                 1          5
Questions protected                                6         16
Questions migrated                                 3          0
Questions flagged⁵                                 3        182
Questions closed                                 117        717
Question flags handled⁵                           79        106
Posts undeleted                                    7         51
Posts locked                                       0         38
Posts deleted⁶                                   382      3,200
Posts bumped                                       0      8,607
Escalations to the Community Manager team          1          0
Comments undeleted                                 2          0
Comments flagged                                   0        983
Comments deleted⁷                                458      1,809
Comment flags handled                             84        901
Answers flagged                                    6      1,221
Answer flags handled                             816        412
All comments on a post moved to chat              24          0


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