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 Magento over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  23         11
Users destroyed³                                  76          0
Users deleted                                     24          0
Users contacted                                   54          0
User banned from review                            1          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            174     26,327
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 1        516
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          12     10,434
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 1      2,998
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                  2      5,294
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                 8      6,267
Tags merged                                        1          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              0          2
Revisions redacted                                 3          0
Questions reopened                                36          7
Questions protected                                2         50
Questions migrated                                17          3
Questions flagged⁵                                 3      1,507
Questions closed                                 248        745
Question flags handled⁵                          305      1,205
Posts unlocked                                     0          8
Posts undeleted                                   43        420
Posts locked                                       0         80
Posts deleted⁶                                 1,545     10,473
Posts bumped                                       0      8,617
Escalations to the Community Manager team          1          0
Comments undeleted                                 5          0
Comments flagged                                   0      3,516
Comments deleted⁷                                504      7,382
Comment flags handled                            507      3,009
Answers flagged                                    2      5,413
Answer flags handled                           2,736      2,682
All comments on a post moved to chat              35          0


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

  • 4
    Happy new year to All :)
    – Amit Bera Mod
    Jan 1, 2020 at 4:34
  • Happy New year Cheers !! Jan 1, 2020 at 9:08
  • 2
    Happy new year and thank you for the amazing overview! Jan 3, 2020 at 13:10
  • 1
    "Users destroyed" - I love this term, sounds like we've murdered 76 users.
    – Ben Crook
    Jan 9, 2020 at 9:23


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