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 Mathematics over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                 204        124
Users destroyed³                                 199          0
Users deleted                                    313          0
Users contacted                                  304          0
User suspensions lifted early                      4          0
User review-bans lifted early                      4          0
User banned from review                           62          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             55     63,685
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 8     23,345
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          29     63,404
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 1      8,845
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                  7     53,793
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               988    113,993
Tags merged                                       30          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             18          2
Tag synonyms created                              18          2
Questions unprotected                              0          8
Questions reopened                                86      1,009
Questions protected                               12        122
Questions migrated                                31         64
Questions merged                                 120          0
Questions flagged⁵                                19     17,535
Questions closed                               1,611     32,551
Question flags handled⁵                        2,498     15,095
Posts unlocked                                    21         76
Posts undeleted                                  272     10,685
Posts locked                                     173        366
Posts deleted⁶                                 1,769     84,892
Posts bumped                                       0      8,607
Escalations to the Community Manager team         46          0
Comments undeleted                               200          0
Comments flagged                                 144     10,321
Comments deleted⁷                             17,139     95,757
Comment flags handled                          7,829      2,653
Bounties canceled                                  6          0
Answers flagged                                  132     11,198
Answer flags handled                           3,394      7,941
All comments on a post moved to chat             221          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Mathematics 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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    $\begingroup$ Since we are starting to close in on a decade of Math.SE, can we also have statistics on a macro scale over the years? $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 13:06
  • $\begingroup$ You don't want to wait for July, @Asaf? $\endgroup$
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 4, 2020 at 16:35
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Oh, that's fine. I'm just recording this idea... $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Jan 4, 2020 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Shog9: Can we asked for our account to be destroyed? $\endgroup$
    – Moo
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 23:37
  • $\begingroup$ You can ask, but it probably won't happen. In fact, the system would block it entirely even if someone wanted to comply. $\endgroup$
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 7, 2020 at 1:40


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