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 Data Science over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   5          6
Users destroyed³                                   4          0
Users deleted                                      6          0
Users contacted                                    8          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            864      2,566
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue               179        259
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         465        469
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue               363        618
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue              1,248      6,024
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               957      2,835
Tag synonyms proposed                              1          7
Tag highlight language set                         4          0
Questions reopened                                25          2
Questions protected                                6         17
Questions migrated                               104          0
Questions flagged⁵                                 1        614
Questions closed                               1,288        237
Question flags handled⁵                          284        331
Posts unlocked                                     0         16
Posts undeleted                                   14        122
Posts locked                                       0        163
Posts deleted⁶                                   567      4,488
Posts bumped                                       0      5,165
Escalations to the Community Manager team          1          0
Comments undeleted                                 1          0
Comments flagged                                  28        584
Comments deleted⁷                                257      1,609
Comment flags handled                            107        505
Answers flagged                                  151        975
Answer flags handled                             991        136
All comments on a post moved to chat               1          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 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).

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Wishing you all a happy new year...



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