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 Blender over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  1          8
Users destroyed³                                  8          0
Users contacted                                   6          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue           430      1,849
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue              145        190
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue        527      3,003
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue              183      1,467
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue             2,004      7,870
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue              983      3,262
Tags merged                                       2          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             3          0
Tag synonyms created                              3          0
Questions reopened                               79         11
Questions protected                               8         48
Questions migrated                                9          3
Questions merged                                  4          0
Questions flagged⁵                                1        817
Questions closed                              1,657        869
Question flags handled⁵                         358        463
Posts unlocked                                    0          2
Posts undeleted                                  34        218
Posts locked                                      4         49
Posts deleted⁶                                1,422      6,411
Posts bumped                                      0      7,843
Comments undeleted                               11          0
Comments flagged                                  7      2,082
Comments deleted⁷                               619      5,194
Comment flags handled                           220      1,869
Answers flagged                                 164      3,193
Answer flags handled                          2,779        580
All comments on a post moved to chat              8          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Blender 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...

  • $\begingroup$ Posts bumped 0 7,843 can mods bump posts? $\endgroup$
    – David
    Jan 1 '20 at 4:44
  • $\begingroup$ Naw, just the Community bot. $\endgroup$
    – Shog9
    Jan 1 '20 at 4:46
  • 5
    $\begingroup$ Thought so. So then that 0 should be a "N/A" $\endgroup$
    – David
    Jan 1 '20 at 4:48

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