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 Expatriates over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   0          4
Users destroyed³                                   1          0
Users deleted                                      4          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             25        349
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 0         18
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue           6        175
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 5        173
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                  8        918
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                13        492
Tags merged                                        1          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              1          0
Tag synonyms created                               1          0
Revisions redacted                                 2          0
Questions reopened                                 1          0
Questions protected                                1         34
Questions migrated                                 2          0
Questions flagged⁵                                 3         98
Questions closed                                  19         80
Question flags handled⁵                           50         51
Posts undeleted                                    1          4
Posts locked                                       0         34
Posts deleted⁶                                   176        422
Posts bumped                                       0        294
Escalations to the Community Manager team          1          0
Comments undeleted                                 1          0
Comments flagged                                   0        129
Comments deleted⁷                                126        339
Comment flags handled                             46         83
Answers flagged                                   10        743
Answer flags handled                             648        106
All comments on a post moved to chat               2          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Expatriates 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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As shown by the numbers above the community here is definitely doing a good job in handling whatever it can. I'd like this opportunity to say thank you to everyone participating in this site and making it as good as possible.

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