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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 Astronomy over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  17         10
Users destroyed³                                  14          0
Users deleted                                      7          0
Users contacted                                   25          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             16        748
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 0        257
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue           1        611
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 0        224
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                  0      1,200
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                 4      1,540
Tags merged                                        6          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              4          0
Tag synonyms created                               4          0
Questions unprotected                              0          3
Questions reopened                                13          3
Questions protected                                3         34
Questions migrated                                21          0
Questions merged                                   3          0
Questions flagged⁵                                 7      1,047
Questions closed                                  65        314
Question flags handled⁵                          125        926
Posts unlocked                                     0          4
Posts undeleted                                   15         35
Posts locked                                       3        189
Posts deleted⁶                                   251        728
Posts bumped                                       0        107
Escalations to the Community Manager team          4          0
Comments undeleted                                 6          0
Comments flagged                                   9        447
Comments deleted⁷                                635      1,151
Comment flags handled                            250        205
Answers flagged                                   10        664
Answer flags handled                             503        167
All comments on a post moved to chat              14          0

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Astronomy 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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  • $\begingroup$ Looks like we've had a significant decline in community flagged questions. I wonder what the reason for that is. Do we truly have less flag-worthy issues or are less people reporting? $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jan 6 at 16:52

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