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 Bicycles over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   3         19
Users destroyed³                                  40          0
Users deleted                                      4          0
Users contacted                                    6          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            113        459
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                16         46
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          27        490
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                36        466
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 27      1,738
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               122      1,061
Tag synonyms proposed                              1          1
Tag synonyms created                               1          0
Revisions redacted                                 4          0
Questions unprotected                              1          0
Questions reopened                                 9          0
Questions protected                               18         22
Questions migrated                                 5          0
Questions flagged⁵                                 2        287
Questions closed                                 171        145
Question flags handled⁵                          102        187
Posts unlocked                                     1          5
Posts undeleted                                    3          9
Posts locked                                       9         47
Posts deleted⁶                                   415        485
Posts bumped                                       0        108
Escalations to the Community Manager team          1          0
Comments undeleted                                 9          0
Comments flagged                                   0        420
Comments deleted⁷                                521        856
Comment flags handled                            134        286
Answers flagged                                   16      1,383
Answer flags handled                           1,131        269
All comments on a post moved to chat              13          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Bicycles 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...

  • Why is this in here, I know this is meta but it's still a bicycle meta and this has nothing to with bicycles or cycling and I'm not entirely sure what SE site this data belongs too
    – Dan K
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 5:36
  • 1
    @DanK this is info about Bicycles.SE and totals actioned in the previous year.
    – Criggie Mod
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 1:09


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