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).

Further reading:

Wishing you all a happy new year...

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    Could we convince you to change that “wanna” to a “want to”? That would normally not be anything remarkable on any other site, but this discussion sitting right next to your post makes it a bit weird: Tidying up "slovenly" usages in question text
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 12:08
  • Edit if it bugs you, @colleen
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 4, 2020 at 23:08
  • Thank you, Shog9
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jan 15, 2020 at 13:39
  • @Col Who's the we? The writer and the (currently) single up-voter? I'd rather let people talk how they wanna talk. One person's "slovenly" is another's light, playful, intimate, etc. See p 7 "taste tyranny" here: cambridge.org/assets/linguistics/cgel/chap1.pdf Commented Jan 16, 2020 at 10:44
  • @JimReynolds If you have something to contribute to that other discussion, it belongs over there. I just saw the “wanna” juxtaposed with a discussion about a negative perception of that exact language and thought it might cause unnecessary angst. I was going to edit it out after Shog indicated he didn’t mind, but there’s a comment warning editors that the post is automatically updated, and I didn’t want to remove it and prevent the post from being updated over something so minor.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jan 16, 2020 at 11:03


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