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 Pets over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   2          6
Users destroyed³                                  10          0
Users contacted                                    3          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             84        559
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 5         30
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          42        239
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                13        205
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                  9        884
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                74        237
Questions reopened                                 4          0
Questions protected                                9         42
Questions migrated                                 1          0
Questions flagged⁵                                 1         76
Questions closed                                 178         31
Question flags handled⁵                           61         16
Posts unlocked                                     0          3
Posts undeleted                                    9          3
Posts locked                                       2         16
Posts deleted⁶                                   323        247
Posts bumped                                       0        199
Escalations to the Community Manager team          1          0
Comments undeleted                                 4          0
Comments flagged                                   1        161
Comments deleted⁷                                320        241
Comment flags handled                             72         90
Answers flagged                                   33        589
Answer flags handled                             568         54


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Pets 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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    I miss you Shog :'( The site is lonely and empty without you. Trying to get that groove back with the newer members who are trying so hard to contribute. – user6796 Feb 8 at 10:08
  • A heads up, I've applied to have my accounts deleted 24 hours ago. If you want to stay in touch Samuel Liew has my email etc. Take care. You were right, there's more important things to focus on. I realise I don't like the network anymore. I do like this site, but not enough to stay. The biggest mistake the company made was losing you. Honestly, there's nothing left to come back to. Bye my old friend. – user6796 Jul 17 at 13:42
  • Shoot me an email if you get a chance - I think you have my address, but if not it's on my website – Shog9 Jul 17 at 13:48
  • I only have your old network email. I can't find your email on your website – user6796 Jul 17 at 13:50
  • Click on my name there 😉 – Shog9 Jul 17 at 13:51
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    done :))))))) filling space here – user6796 Jul 17 at 13:52

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