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 Amateur Radio over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   1          7
Users destroyed³                                  41          0
Users deleted                                      2          0
Users contacted                                    2          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             76        108
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 3         16
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          13         30
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 5        110
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 10        365
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                 7        121
Tags merged                                        4          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             10          0
Tag synonyms created                              10          0
Questions unprotected                              1          0
Questions reopened                                25          0
Questions protected                                1          7
Questions migrated                                 3          0
Questions flagged⁵                                23      1,755
Questions closed                                  89         10
Question flags handled⁵                          127      1,651
Posts undeleted                                    9         14
Posts locked                                       0        300
Posts deleted⁶                                   129        421
Posts bumped                                       0         35
Escalations to the Community Manager team          1          0
Comments undeleted                                31          0
Comments flagged                                  10        103
Comments deleted⁷                                417        286
Comment flags handled                             42         71
Answers flagged                                   44        125
Answer flags handled                             167          2
All comments on a post moved to chat              22          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Amateur Radio 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...


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Thank you! This is interesting. I compared last year's to this one.

Do you have a way to tell us the number of humans in the community columns, leaving out user #-1 ?

hamSE 2018 vs 2019 years in moderation

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    $\begingroup$ That gets complicated, because a lot of what Mr. -1 does is triggered by humans in some way... So, where do you draw the line? If Community locks a post because 6 people flagged it as spam, who gets the credit? What about answers deleted due to a rejected migration? What about someone deleting and recreating their suspended account? $\endgroup$
    – Shog9
    Jan 2, 2020 at 21:41

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