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 Internet of Things over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0          4
Users destroyed³                                  6          0
User banned from review                           2          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            78         96
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                6         37
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         12         24
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue               22         28
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue               120        340
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               66        415
Revisions redacted                                2          0
Questions reopened                                2          0
Questions protected                               1          7
Questions migrated                                2          0
Questions flagged⁵                                2         60
Questions closed                                118         19
Question flags handled⁵                          44         18
Posts unlocked                                    0          1
Posts undeleted                                   4          1
Posts locked                                      0          9
Posts deleted⁶                                   96        144
Posts bumped                                      0         44
Comments undeleted                                5          0
Comments flagged                                  1         46
Comments deleted⁷                               143         94
Comment flags handled                            21         26
Answers flagged                                   5        136
Answer flags handled                            116         25


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Internet of Things 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...

  • Looks like most numbers are somewhat down from last year, but nice to see that the community has remained quite engaged in the review queues.
    – anonymous2 Mod
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 20:39

1 Answer 1


Just a curiosity question... How does this work?

I resigned moderation partway through the year. Are the review tasks (for example) that I did before and after my de-diamond-ation categorized as moderator and community tasks respectively, or do they all fit into one category or the other?

  • 1
    Reviews you did as a mod are listed under "moderators"; reviews you did after resignation are listed under "community".
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 22:07
  • Nice, thanks for the info!
    – anonymous2 Mod
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 0:18

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