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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 Biology over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   4         26
Users destroyed³                                 109          0
Users deleted                                     18          0
Users contacted                                    8          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            329      1,230
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                52        119
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          39        315
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                66        222
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                285      2,089
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               637      1,489
Tags merged                                        5          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              2          1
Tag synonyms created                               2          0
Questions reopened                                25          2
Questions protected                               43         50
Questions migrated                                56          0
Questions flagged⁵                                43        892
Questions closed                               1,009        179
Question flags handled⁵                          397        536
Posts unlocked                                     0         13
Posts undeleted                                   16         46
Posts locked                                       1        199
Posts deleted⁶                                   635      2,642
Posts bumped                                       0        671
Escalations to the Community Manager team          2          0
Comments undeleted                                18          0
Comments flagged                                 107      1,150
Comments deleted⁷                              1,507      1,704
Comment flags handled                            653        604
Bounties canceled                                  1          0
Answers flagged                                   59      1,046
Answer flags handled                             901        204
All comments on a post moved to chat              19          0

Footnotes

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

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