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 Personal Finance & Money over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  11         33
Users destroyed³                                 298          0
Users deleted                                      6          0
Users contacted                                   14          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            330      1,522
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                58        300
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          56        448
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                31        276
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                379      3,206
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               518      2,850
Tags merged                                        3          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              2          1
Tag synonyms created                               2          0
Revisions redacted                                 2          0
Questions unprotected                              4         13
Questions reopened                                42         15
Questions protected                              116        216
Questions migrated                                27          1
Questions merged                                   6          0
Questions flagged⁵                                16      1,674
Questions closed                                 690        324
Question flags handled⁵                          656      1,033
Posts unlocked                                     2          3
Posts undeleted                                   48         65
Posts locked                                       8        273
Posts deleted⁶                                 1,210      1,684
Posts bumped                                       0        777
Escalations to the Community Manager team          2          0
Comments undeleted                                73          0
Comments flagged                                 643      1,691
Comments deleted⁷                              3,247      2,371
Comment flags handled                          1,570        764
Bounties canceled                                  4          0
Answers flagged                                   33      2,469
Answer flags handled                           1,593        909
All comments on a post moved to chat              41          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Personal Finance & Money 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
    A year in turmoil would be a better description.
    – ab2
    Jan 2, 2020 at 1:30
  • RIP Shog's diamond. Jan 14, 2020 at 14:52


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