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 Law over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  3         16
Users deleted                                     1          0
Users contacted                                   7          0
User banned from review                           1          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue           283      1,035
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue               62         48
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue        325        265
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue              199        168
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue               251      2,078
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue              438      2,739
Tags merged                                       7          0
Tag synonyms proposed                            11          0
Tag synonyms created                             12          0
Questions unprotected                             1          0
Questions reopened                               39          0
Questions protected                              33         78
Questions migrated                               40          0
Questions merged                                  3          0
Questions flagged⁵                                5        306
Questions closed                                357        390
Question flags handled⁵                         176        132
Posts unlocked                                    0          7
Posts undeleted                                   9         50
Posts locked                                      2         89
Posts deleted⁶                                  408      1,695
Posts bumped                                      0        727
Comments undeleted                               17          0
Comments flagged                                  4        815
Comments deleted⁷                             3,005      1,438
Comment flags handled                           549        271
Answers flagged                                 113      1,407
Answer flags handled                          1,266        256
All comments on a post moved to chat            131          0


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