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. To that end, here is how the moderation done here on Arts & Crafts breaks down by activity over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 0 7
Users destroyed 2 0
Users contacted 1 0
Tasks reviewed³: Suggested Edit queue 32 70
Tasks reviewed³: Reopen Vote queue 1 5
Tasks reviewed³: Low Quality Posts queue 2 50
Tasks reviewed³: Late Answer queue 7 96
Tasks reviewed³: First Post queue 25 366
Tasks reviewed³: Close Votes queue 13 106
Questions reopened 2 0
Questions protected 1 2
Questions migrated 1 0
Questions flagged⁴ 2 85
Questions closed 68 10
Question flags handled⁴ 34 53
Posts unlocked 1 0
Posts undeleted 2 2
Posts locked 1 14
Posts deleted⁵ 41 90
Posts bumped 0 50
Comments undeleted 1 0
Comments flagged 0 32
Comments deleted⁶ 71 70
Comment flags handled 11 21
Answers flagged 4 117
Answer flags handled 98 23


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Arts & Crafts 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 This counts every review that was submitted (not skipped) - so the 3 suggested edits reviews needed to approve an edit would count as 3, the goal being to indicate the frequency of moderation actions. This also applies to flags, etc.

⁴ Includes close flags (but not close or reopen votes).

⁵ This ignores numerous deletions that happen automatically in response to some other action.

⁶ This includes comments deleted by their own authors (which also account for some number of handled comment flags).

Wishing you all a happy new year...

  • 2
    Awesome, I love seeing the community do more work than me :)
    – Erica
    Commented Jan 1, 2019 at 20:56


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