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 Home Improvement over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   1         27
Users destroyed³                                 121          0
Users deleted                                      1          0
Users contacted                                    4          0
User banned from review                            1          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             30      2,118
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 2        102
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         199      1,758
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 3      1,629
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                  2      7,382
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                55      3,275
Tags merged                                        2          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              2          0
Tag synonyms created                               5          0
Questions reopened                                 3          4
Questions protected                                2        168
Questions migrated                                24          2
Questions flagged⁵                                20        718
Questions closed                                 206        490
Question flags handled⁵                          280        456
Posts unlocked                                     1          5
Posts undeleted                                   13         64
Posts locked                                       3        210
Posts deleted⁶                                 1,761      2,741
Posts bumped                                       0      6,150
Escalations to the Community Manager team         28          0
Comments undeleted                                18          0
Comments flagged                                  67      1,850
Comments deleted⁷                              1,999      3,415
Comment flags handled                            989        928
Answers flagged                                  101      3,614
Answer flags handled                           3,313        402
All comments on a post moved to chat              26          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Home Improvement 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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    Huge thanks to the community for making the mod's job easy, especially with all the review queue processing! – BMitch Jan 1 at 2:59
  • Seems like the biggest job mods have is "Answer flags handled" - is that by design? Are there just very few users that have that ability? – JPhi1618 Jan 2 at 18:51

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