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. To that end, here is how the moderation done here on Signal Processing breaks down by activity over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  5          8
Users destroyed                                   3          0
Users contacted                                   9          0
Tasks reviewed³: Suggested Edit queue            55        756
Tasks reviewed³: Reopen Vote queue               14        200
Tasks reviewed³: Low Quality Posts queue          7        370
Tasks reviewed³: Late Answer queue                0        279
Tasks reviewed³: First Post queue               143      2,198
Tasks reviewed³: Close Votes queue              421      2,701
Tags merged                                       1          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             1          0
Tag synonyms created                              1          0
Questions reopened                               22          0
Questions protected                               2          4
Questions migrated                               14          0
Questions merged                                  2          0
Questions flagged⁴                                0        286
Questions closed                                469        478
Question flags handled⁴                          75        211
Posts unlocked                                    0         10
Posts undeleted                                   8         74
Posts locked                                      4         41
Posts deleted⁵                                  246      2,107
Posts bumped                                      0      5,758
Comments flagged                                  0        636
Comments deleted⁶                               317      1,746
Comment flags handled                           116        520
Answers flagged                                   0        446
Answer flags handled                            413         33
All comments on a post moved to chat             10          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Signal Processing 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 This counts every review that was submitted (not skipped) - so the 3 suggested edits reviews needed to approve an edit would count as 3, the goal being to indicate the frequency of moderation actions. This also applies to flags, etc.

⁴ Includes close flags (but not close or reopen votes).

⁵ This ignores numerous deletions that happen automatically in response to some other action.

⁶ This includes comments deleted by their own authors (which also account for some number of handled comment flags).

Wishing you all a happy new year...

  • $\begingroup$ Good job. Tag synonyms seems to have underwhelming change. taxonomy should be a more active process. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 3, 2019 at 13:10


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