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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 Community Building over the past 12 months:

                Action                Moderators Community¹
------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                               0          7
Users destroyed³                               9          0
Users contacted                                1          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue         28         35
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue             0          1
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue             2         13
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue              7         36
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue             3          3
Questions protected                            0          2
Questions flagged⁵                            10        165
Questions closed                              19          0
Question flags handled⁵                       72        101
Posts undeleted                                0          2
Posts locked                                   0         34
Posts deleted⁶                                 9         67
Posts bumped                                   0          9
Comments flagged                               0         16
Comments deleted⁷                             13          9
Comment flags handled                         13          3
Answers flagged                                4         36
Answer flags handled                          16         24

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Community Building 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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