It's New Year's Day in [Stack Exchange land](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zulu_Time)...

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 Arqade over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 7 33
Users destroyed³ 79 0
Users deleted 9 0
Users contacted 16 0
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 114 8,644
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 19 1,059
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 24 4,899
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 6 2,419
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 1 6,522
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 45 10,473
Tags merged 39 0
Tag synonyms proposed 59 1
Tag synonyms created 60 0
Revisions redacted 7 0
Questions unprotected 2 4
Questions reopened 41 58
Questions protected 50 191
Questions migrated 9 3
Questions merged 9 0
Questions flagged⁵ 47 3,045
Questions closed 297 2,360
Question flags handled⁵ 535 2,558
Posts unlocked 8 10
Posts undeleted 36 100
Posts locked 17 336
Posts deleted⁶ 1,707 3,721
Posts bumped 0 2,178
Escalations to the Community Manager team 7 0
Comments undeleted 45 0
Comments flagged 8 3,146
Comments deleted⁷ 3,034 3,588
Comment flags handled 912 2,242
Answers flagged 162 5,794
Answer flags handled 4,179 1,782
All comments on a post moved to chat 8 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Arqade 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...

  • Most of the values increased by about 25%. If that can be extrapolated to total site growth, that makes for some pretty impressive change for one year.
    – PausePause
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 16:40
  • Because of the new decade is there any chance we can see a similar dataset from 2010, right after Arqade was opened?
    – PausePause
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 17:08
  • 1
    Apparently I was involved in 18% of the close votes this year, wow. (Not exactly, some weren't closed that I voted on.) Also, I'm first place in points of 2019, woohoo! \o/ Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 23:17
  • @PausePause: No new decade, that is next year. Year 1 was actually the first. Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 23:17
  • 1
    Next year begins the 203rd decade, but no one really references those @fabian... This year is the first of the '20s, which folks will likely be referencing for years to come.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 23:24
  • 4
    @FabianRöling xkcd.com/2249 Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 9:59


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