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 DevOps over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0          8
Users contacted                                   2          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            63        356
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue               16         17
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         24         97
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue               28        141
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue               172      1,124
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               98        206
Tags merged                                       2          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             1          1
Tag synonyms created                              1          0
Questions unprotected                             0          2
Questions reopened                               36          0
Questions protected                               5          8
Questions migrated                                3          0
Questions flagged⁵                                0        381
Questions closed                                470          8
Question flags handled⁵                         162        219
Posts undeleted                                   8         16
Posts locked                                      0         41
Posts deleted⁶                                  175        930
Posts bumped                                      0        583
Comments flagged                                 14        105
Comments deleted⁷                               210        167
Comment flags handled                            82         37
Bounties canceled                                 1          0
Answers flagged                                   7        219
Answer flags handled                            197         30


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of DevOps 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...

  • Out of curiosity, as the mod team changed in october, who is taken as moderator for those stats ? I.e: does my actions count as moderator or community ?
    – Tensibai
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 9:06
  • 2
    Actions you took while a moderator count in the moderator column; actions you took after stepping down count in the community column, @tensibai
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 14:31


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