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 Ask Patents over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  1          4
Users destroyed³                                 11          0
Users contacted                                   2          0
User suspensions lifted early                     1          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             1         37
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                0         10
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          6         71
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                0         30
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 0        192
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                0         25
Revisions redacted                                1          0
Questions reopened                                2          0
Questions protected                               0          2
Questions migrated                                1          0
Questions flagged⁵                               11         99
Questions closed                                 53          4
Question flags handled⁵                          55         56
Posts undeleted                                   1          2
Posts locked                                      0         23
Posts deleted⁶                                   31        106
Posts bumped                                      0        241
Comments flagged                                 15         46
Comments deleted⁷                                24        110
Comment flags handled                            18         43
Answers flagged                                  13        116
Answer flags handled                             85         32


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Ask Patents 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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