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 Data Science breaks down by activity over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0         16
Users destroyed                                  42          0
Users contacted                                   2          0
Tasks reviewed³: Suggested Edit queue           130      2,042
Tasks reviewed³: Reopen Vote queue               61        376
Tasks reviewed³: Low Quality Posts queue         51      1,306
Tasks reviewed³: Late Answer queue               18        860
Tasks reviewed³: First Post queue               404      5,660
Tasks reviewed³: Close Votes queue              994      4,946
Tag synonyms proposed                             0          1
Questions reopened                               12          4
Questions protected                               0          3
Questions migrated                               68          2
Questions flagged⁴                                1        520
Questions closed                                930        554
Question flags handled⁴                         179        342
Posts unlocked                                    0          9
Posts undeleted                                   6        100
Posts locked                                      0        100
Posts deleted⁵                                  385      2,532
Posts bumped                                      0      5,635
Comments flagged                                  3        619
Comments deleted⁶                               177      1,633
Comment flags handled                           218        404
Answers flagged                                  14      1,101
Answer flags handled                            868        247
All comments on a post moved to chat              2          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Data Science 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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    $\begingroup$ While there certainly are Moderators here... Hmm... $\endgroup$ – Stephen Rauch Jan 1 '19 at 6:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Shog9 due to the fact that you are moderator in everywhere you want I guess, is it possible to make the syntax highlighting enabled? We have requested that for a long time but no one cares. $\endgroup$ – Media Jan 1 '19 at 19:08
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    $\begingroup$ Sure, why not. Happy New Year, @Media! $\endgroup$ – Shog9 Jan 1 '19 at 19:48
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you and Merry Christmas. $\endgroup$ – Media Jan 1 '19 at 20:03

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