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 Computer Science over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   7         23
Users destroyed³                                   5          0
Users deleted                                      8          0
Users contacted                                   19          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            232      1,322
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                70        259
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          37        466
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 4        376
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 12      4,544
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               387      3,528
Tags merged                                        1          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              0          2
Tag synonyms created                               3          0
Revisions redacted                                 1          0
Questions reopened                                47          4
Questions protected                                2          9
Questions migrated                                54          0
Questions merged                                   1          0
Questions flagged⁵                                14      1,037
Questions closed                               1,420        463
Question flags handled⁵                          335        720
Posts unlocked                                     2         13
Posts undeleted                                   14        220
Posts locked                                       4        147
Posts deleted⁶                                   342      3,709
Posts bumped                                       0      1,721
Escalations to the Community Manager team          3          0
Comments undeleted                                30          0
Comments flagged                                 120        986
Comments deleted⁷                              2,127      3,538
Comment flags handled                            527        580
Bounties canceled                                  1          0
Answers flagged                                   27        766
Answer flags handled                             535        258
All comments on a post moved to chat              16          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Computer Science 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...

  • 4
    $\begingroup$ Good to see the big numbers in the right columns. Thanks, everybody! $\endgroup$
    – Raphael
    Jan 1, 2020 at 19:51


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