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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 WordPress Development over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  9         17
Users destroyed³                              1,145          0
Users deleted                                     5          0
Users contacted                                  15          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue         1,218      2,883
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue              126        150
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue        405      1,309
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue              357      1,336
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                36      8,818
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue            1,162      6,175
Tags merged                                      62          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             1          0
Tag synonyms created                              3          0
Questions reopened                               17          0
Questions protected                               3         98
Questions migrated                               45          1
Questions flagged⁵                              147      8,778
Questions closed                              2,615        672
Question flags handled⁵                       1,497      7,404
Posts unlocked                                    0         14
Posts undeleted                                   6        184
Posts locked                                      0      1,138
Posts deleted⁶                                1,748     10,534
Posts bumped                                      0      8,616
Comments undeleted                                7          0
Comments flagged                                  4      5,064
Comments deleted⁷                               813      6,856
Comment flags handled                           374      4,694
Bounties canceled                                 4          0
Answers flagged                                  30      2,966
Answer flags handled                          2,594        402
All comments on a post moved to chat              5          0

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of WordPress Development 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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