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 Geographic Information Systems over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  2          6
Users destroyed³                                 12          0
Users contacted                                   7          0
User banned from review                           4          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue           120      3,910
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue              121      4,741
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         70      4,729
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue               22      2,136
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                48      9,365
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue              151     10,562
Tags merged                                      26          0
Tag synonyms proposed                            38          0
Tag synonyms created                             42          0
Tag highlight language set                        6          0
Revisions redacted                                1          0
Questions unprotected                             1          0
Questions reopened                              408        222
Questions protected                              11         31
Questions migrated                               28          1
Questions merged                                 30          0
Questions flagged⁵                                8        951
Questions closed                              3,949      2,053
Question flags handled⁵                         452        506
Posts unlocked                                    2          5
Posts undeleted                                  37        258
Posts locked                                     40         68
Posts deleted⁶                                1,507      9,679
Posts bumped                                      0      6,898
Comments undeleted                               24          0
Comments flagged                                 39      4,377
Comments deleted⁷                             4,498      8,863
Comment flags handled                           510      3,906
Bounties canceled                                 1          0
Answers flagged                                  27      3,783
Answer flags handled                          3,059        751
All comments on a post moved to chat             14          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Geographic Information Systems 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...


Personally, I would rather see more questions closed by the vote of community users in the reviews than by the decision of a moderator.

From the point of view of the user asking the question, the closure by a moderator can be seen as an arbitrary decision. Although I consider that it was always a fair decision, the user who writes the question sometimes considers it unfair.

I appreciate the enormous effort of the moderators and their ability to make the right decisions.

I would like to see the most varied list of users who participate in the reviews. That would collaborate with the multiplicity of points of view when deciding on a community basis.

Have a happy year!

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