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 Software Quality Assurance & Testing over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0          5
Users destroyed³                                  3          0
Users deleted                                     3          0
Users contacted                                   1          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue           279      1,251
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue               20         51
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         61        399
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue               60        308
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue               152      1,305
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue              199      1,347
Tags merged                                       1          0
Tag synonyms created                              1          0
Revisions redacted                                1          0
Questions reopened                               15          0
Questions protected                               1         17
Questions flagged⁵                                2        386
Questions closed                                177        239
Question flags handled⁵                         182        206
Posts undeleted                                   2         27
Posts locked                                      0         43
Posts deleted⁶                                  320        795
Posts bumped                                      0      1,707
Comments flagged                                 18        257
Comments deleted⁷                               128        445
Comment flags handled                            94        181
Answers flagged                                  15        696
Answer flags handled                            573        137


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 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...

  • What would be the reason for "post lock" and "post bump" and why did the moderators use such options zero times within the whole year?
    – Alexey R.
    Feb 12, 2020 at 18:05
  • 1
    There are numerous reasons for locking, @alexey - see: /help/locked-posts for details. Bumping can only be done by the Community bot, so it will never be other than 0 in the mod column.
    – Shog9
    Feb 12, 2020 at 18:37


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