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 English Language Learners over the past 12 months:
Action Moderators Community¹ ----------------------------------------- ---------- ---------- Users suspended² 31 29 Users destroyed³ 241 0 Users deleted 40 0 Users contacted 40 0 User banned from review 1 0 Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 177 3,193 Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 104 605 Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 1 1,921 Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 241 960 Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 22 4,764 Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 346 7,053 Tags merged 4 0 Tag synonyms proposed 4 0 Tag synonyms created 4 2 Revisions redacted 4 0 Questions unprotected 6 0 Questions reopened 137 7 Questions protected 27 114 Questions migrated 12 5 Questions merged 6 0 Questions flagged⁵ 20 984 Questions closed 1,402 1,013 Question flags handled⁵ 360 639 Posts unlocked 11 2 Posts undeleted 59 192 Posts locked 5 310 Posts deleted⁶ 1,523 4,572 Posts bumped 0 8,619 Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0 Comments undeleted 461 0 Comments flagged 4 3,284 Comments deleted⁷ 11,775 6,983 Comment flags handled 757 2,531 Answers flagged 124 3,272 Answer flags handled 2,859 537 All comments on a post moved to chat 72 0
¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of English Language Learners 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).
Wanna see how these numbers have changed over time? I posted a similar report here last year: 2018: a year in moderation...
You can also check out this report on other sites
- Or peruse detailed information on the number of questions closed and reopened across all sites
Wishing you all a happy new year...