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 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...

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  • 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 Jan 2 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 Jan 2 at 17:08
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    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/ – Fabian Röling Jan 2 at 23:17
  • @PausePause: No new decade, that is next year. Year 1 was actually the first. – Fabian Röling Jan 2 at 23:17
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    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 Jan 2 at 23:24
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    @FabianRöling xkcd.com/2249 – Wrigglenite Jan 3 at 9:59

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