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 Latin Language over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   2         10
Users destroyed³                                   1          0
Users deleted                                     21          0
Users contacted                                    2          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             36         40
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 1          2
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          37         16
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                59          4
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                343         47
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                27         13
Tags merged                                        3          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              3          0
Tag synonyms created                               3          0
Questions reopened                                 1          0
Questions protected                                0          3
Questions flagged⁵                                10         36
Questions closed                                  29          5
Question flags handled⁵                           44          2
Posts unlocked                                     1          0
Posts undeleted                                    3         17
Posts locked                                       1          5
Posts deleted⁶                                    74         87
Posts bumped                                       0         45
Escalations to the Community Manager team          1          0
Comments undeleted                                 2          0
Comments flagged                                 280        152
Comments deleted⁷                                432        623
Comment flags handled                            361         71
Answers flagged                                   52        107
Answer flags handled                             136         23


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Latin Language 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...

  • Thanks! I would just like to add that many closures attributed to moderators had votes from regular users and those votes significantly inform our decisions to close. Every non-moderator vote helps moderation.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Jan 2 '20 at 9:05
  • 1
    'User destroyed' = damnatio memoriae Jan 2 '20 at 11:57

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