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 Game Development over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   4         18
Users destroyed³                                   5          0
Users deleted                                      3          0
Users contacted                                    7          2
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            240        961
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                36         28
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          53         83
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                51        282
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                236      1,626
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                96        100
Tags merged                                        2          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              2          0
Tag synonyms created                               2          0
Questions reopened                                42          5
Questions protected                                5         12
Questions migrated                                 5          0
Questions merged                                   3          0
Questions flagged⁵                                15        419
Questions closed                                 851        106
Question flags handled⁵                          223        213
Posts unlocked                                     0          3
Posts undeleted                                    7        104
Posts locked                                       3         74
Posts deleted⁶                                   264      3,426
Posts bumped                                       0      3,330
Escalations to the Community Manager team          2          0
Comments undeleted                                10          1
Comments flagged                                   9      1,736
Comments deleted⁷                              1,889      2,678
Comment flags handled                            113      1,632
Answers flagged                                   77        481
Answer flags handled                             406        152
All comments on a post moved to chat               9          2


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Game Development 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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