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 Worldbuilding over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  17         26
Users destroyed³                                  85          0
Users contacted                                   36          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            381      1,854
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue               266      2,172
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          93      2,970
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue               127        399
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                356      2,920
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               100      7,602
Tags merged                                        2          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              2          3
Tag synonyms created                               3          0
Questions reopened                                43         93
Questions protected                              225         33
Questions migrated                                11          0
Questions flagged⁵                                53      1,499
Questions closed                                 390      1,300
Question flags handled⁵                          840        709
Posts unlocked                                     2          7
Posts undeleted                                   45         86
Posts locked                                       2        188
Posts deleted⁶                                   447      1,519
Posts bumped                                       0         11
Escalations to the Community Manager team          9          0
Comments undeleted                                70          0
Comments flagged                                 134      1,308
Comments deleted⁷                              9,242      4,887
Comment flags handled                            845        595
Answers flagged                                  489      1,747
Answer flags handled                           1,197      1,041
All comments on a post moved to chat             351          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Worldbuilding 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...

  • $\begingroup$ Seems like a good indication that on the whole the mod-team and the community are doing their jobs in about the right balance. Any stats for what's changed over the last few months, or for the actions taken by non-elected moderators? (ie. staff). $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 20:58


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