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 Information Security over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                 18         36
Users destroyed³                                113          0
Users deleted                                     5          0
Users contacted                                  23          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue           679      2,935
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue              281        345
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue        145      1,558
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue               71      1,025
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue               400      6,020
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue              780      5,078
Tags merged                                       3          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             4          1
Tag synonyms created                              5          0
Revisions redacted                                4          0
Questions reopened                               60          3
Questions protected                              25        118
Questions migrated                              362         84
Questions merged                                  4          0
Questions flagged⁵                                5      3,199
Questions closed                              2,806      1,029
Question flags handled⁵                         985      2,221
Posts unlocked                                    1         81
Posts undeleted                                  30        109
Posts locked                                     12        765
Posts deleted⁶                                1,379      5,458
Posts bumped                                      0      2,093
Comments undeleted                               42          0
Comments flagged                                  2      2,036
Comments deleted⁷                             5,336      3,960
Comment flags handled                           685      1,353
Bounties canceled                                 3          0
Answers flagged                                  48      3,447
Answer flags handled                          2,647        848
All comments on a post moved to chat             94          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Information Security 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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