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 Server Fault over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  6         37
Users destroyed³                                222          0
Users deleted                                     2          0
Users contacted                                  30          0
User banned from review                           0          7
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue         1,102      6,248
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue              227      1,212
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue        375      1,786
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue              381      3,572
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue             1,249     15,444
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue            2,090      3,501
Tags merged                                       3          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             5          0
Tag synonyms created                              6          0
Revisions redacted                               10          0
Questions reopened                              161          4
Questions protected                              37        106
Questions migrated                              336         40
Questions merged                                  1          0
Questions flagged⁵                               62      2,220
Questions closed                              5,074        294
Question flags handled⁵                       1,253      1,032
Posts unlocked                                    1         38
Posts undeleted                                  54        265
Posts locked                                     25        710
Posts deleted⁶                                2,634     14,140
Posts bumped                                      0     17,224
Comments undeleted                               26          0
Comments flagged                                  2      8,345
Comments deleted⁷                             1,853     11,036
Comment flags handled                           684      7,663
Bounties canceled                                 4          0
Answers flagged                                 148      4,077
Answer flags handled                          3,786        439
All comments on a post moved to chat              2          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Server Fault 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).

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Wishing you all a happy new year...


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