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 Physical Fitness breaks down by activity over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  7         15
Users destroyed                                  38          0
Users deleted                                   148          0
Users contacted                                  10          0
Tasks reviewed³: Suggested Edit queue            30        169
Tasks reviewed³: Reopen Vote queue               11         33
Tasks reviewed³: Low Quality Posts queue         34         92
Tasks reviewed³: Late Answer queue               30        144
Tasks reviewed³: First Post queue               199        547
Tasks reviewed³: Close Votes queue               65        413
Questions reopened                               13          0
Questions protected                               6         10
Questions migrated                               10          0
Questions flagged⁴                                2        226
Questions closed                                294         42
Question flags handled⁴                         148         80
Posts unlocked                                    1          1
Posts undeleted                                   5         28
Posts locked                                      2         30
Posts deleted⁵                                  256        516
Posts bumped                                      0        388
Escalations to the CM team                        3          0
Comments undeleted                                5          0
Comments flagged                                  1        218
Comments deleted⁶                               287        509
Comment flags handled                            75        144
Answers flagged                                   6        380
Answer flags handled                            292         94
All comments on a post moved to chat              7          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Physical Fitness 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...


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