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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 Software Quality Assurance & Testing breaks down by activity over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0          7
Users deleted                                     3          0
Tasks reviewed³: Suggested Edit queue           449      1,346
Tasks reviewed³: Reopen Vote queue               29         44
Tasks reviewed³: Low Quality Posts queue         99        337
Tasks reviewed³: Late Answer queue              131        312
Tasks reviewed³: First Post queue               174      1,482
Tasks reviewed³: Close Votes queue              207      1,234
Tag synonyms proposed                             0          1
Questions reopened                               13          0
Questions protected                               8         22
Questions migrated                                4          0
Questions merged                                  4          0
Questions flagged⁴                                2        342
Questions closed                                211        177
Question flags handled⁴                         194        150
Posts undeleted                                   5         34
Posts locked                                      1         41
Posts deleted⁵                                  439        651
Posts bumped                                      0      4,078
Comments flagged                                 39        291
Comments deleted⁶                               257        548
Comment flags handled                           145        185
Answers flagged                                  25        868
Answer flags handled                            740        153

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Software Quality Assurance & Testing 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...

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