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
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...