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 Arts & Crafts over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 0 6
Users destroyed³ 7 0
Users deleted 2 0
Users contacted 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 46 162
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 0 19
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 3 99
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 1 67
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 1 338
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 10 153
Tags merged 1 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 0
Tag synonyms created 1 0
Revisions redacted 1 0
Questions reopened 7 2
Questions protected 2 7
Questions migrated 17 0
Questions flagged⁵ 3 128
Questions closed 79 19
Question flags handled⁵ 54 77
Posts unlocked 1 4
Posts undeleted 1 3
Posts locked 2 46
Posts deleted⁶ 55 127
Posts bumped 0 14
Comments undeleted 1 0
Comments flagged 2 41
Comments deleted⁷ 83 123
Comment flags handled 18 25
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 9 216
Answer flags handled 156 69
All comments on a post moved to chat 4 0


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 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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