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 Drupal Answers over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  12         22
Users destroyed³                               1,424          0
Users deleted                                    151          0
Users contacted                                   12          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             90      1,336
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                31        883
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue           4        961
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 0        848
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                  1      2,386
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               182      5,817
Tags merged                                      133          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              6          0
Tag synonyms created                               6          0
Revisions redacted                                 1          0
Questions reopened                                44          3
Questions protected                               32         10
Questions merged                                   5          0
Questions flagged⁵                                26      5,090
Questions closed                               1,997        394
Question flags handled⁵                          648      4,468
Posts unlocked                                     2          2
Posts undeleted                                   59         94
Posts locked                                       7        781
Posts deleted⁶                                 1,157      5,963
Posts bumped                                       0      8,613
Escalations to the Community Manager team         23          0
Comments undeleted                                 9          0
Comments flagged                                 329      3,243
Comments deleted⁷                              1,256      4,102
Comment flags handled                            816      2,756
Bounties canceled                                  6          0
Answers flagged                                   64      1,161
Answer flags handled                           1,025        201
All comments on a post moved to chat              11          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Drupal Answers 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...

  • Happy New Year everybody!
    – user72672
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 8:42


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