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 Database Administrators over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   9         12
Users destroyed³                                  60          0
Users deleted                                     95          0
Users contacted                                   15          0
User suspensions lifted early                      1          0
User review-bans lifted early                      2          0
User banned from review                            2          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            248      4,263
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                21        996
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         260      2,373
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                14      1,452
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                171      8,420
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               509     12,053
Tags merged                                       21          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             19          0
Tag synonyms created                              19          0
Revisions redacted                                 1          0
Questions unprotected                              4          0
Questions reopened                                57         26
Questions protected                               14         47
Questions migrated                                28         54
Questions merged                                   2          0
Questions flagged⁵                                13        867
Questions closed                                 821      2,707
Question flags handled⁵                          251        628
Posts unlocked                                     5         33
Posts undeleted                                   27        262
Posts locked                                       8        246
Posts deleted⁶                                 1,090      6,742
Posts bumped                                       0      8,610
Escalations to the Community Manager team          1          0
Comments undeleted                               409          0
Comments flagged                                 105      4,434
Comments deleted⁷                             15,220      6,713
Comment flags handled                          2,699      1,842
Answers flagged                                   60      2,352
Answer flags handled                           2,018        399
All comments on a post moved to chat              38          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Database Administrators 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).

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Wishing you all a happy new year...


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