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 Travel over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   7         48
Users destroyed³                                 230          0
Users contacted                                   19          0
User banned from review                            2          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            518      3,604
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                66      1,240
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          99      3,118
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue               154      1,283
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 44      7,313
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               483      8,887
Tags merged                                       18          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              8          0
Tag synonyms created                              11          0
Revisions redacted                                37          0
Questions unprotected                              5          0
Questions reopened                               170         51
Questions protected                               37        366
Questions migrated                               172          3
Questions merged                                   3          0
Questions flagged⁵                                99      2,531
Questions closed                               1,291      2,415
Question flags handled⁵                          818      1,811
Posts unlocked                                     4         17
Posts undeleted                                   50        112
Posts locked                                      20        713
Posts deleted⁶                                 1,769      3,783
Posts bumped                                       0        135
Escalations to the Community Manager team          2          0
Comments undeleted                                79          0
Comments flagged                                   5      2,879
Comments deleted⁷                              5,259      6,329
Comment flags handled                          1,628      1,256
Bounties canceled                                 69          0
Answers flagged                                  227      6,897
Answer flags handled                           5,451      1,675
All comments on a post moved to chat             123          0


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

  • 4
    good bye Shog9 we are all going to miss your excellent data inputs
    – Vickel
    Jan 20, 2020 at 23:06


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