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 Android Enthusiasts over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   1         44
Users destroyed³                                 260          0
Users deleted                                      6          0
Users contacted                                    2          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            604      1,361
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                71         10
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         190        361
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                99        645
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 12      1,994
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               312        149
Tags merged                                        4          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              5          0
Tag synonyms created                               5          0
Revisions redacted                                10          0
Questions unprotected                              5          0
Questions reopened                                84          0
Questions protected                               23        323
Questions migrated                                 9          0
Questions merged                                  12          0
Questions flagged⁵                                85      1,569
Questions closed                               1,927         10
Question flags handled⁵                          733        913
Posts unlocked                                     7          1
Posts undeleted                                   69         54
Posts locked                                      33        502
Posts deleted⁶                                 2,278      5,654
Posts bumped                                       0      8,617
Escalations to the Community Manager team          4          0
Comments undeleted                                75          0
Comments flagged                                   5      1,188
Comments deleted⁷                              2,346      2,275
Comment flags handled                            366        829
Bounties canceled                                  2          0
Answers flagged                                  293      2,741
Answer flags handled                           2,750        280
All comments on a post moved to chat              14          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Android Enthusiasts 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...

  • 1
    Impressive that only one user had to receive a moderator suspension in the whole of 2019. Well done to the whole community! Jul 12 '20 at 0:55

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