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 Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0          9
Users destroyed³                                 17          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue           248        411
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue               18         51
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue        406        462
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue              249        761
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue               964      2,609
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue              146        632
Tags merged                                      16          0
Tag synonyms proposed                            16          0
Tag synonyms created                             16          0
Revisions redacted                                1          0
Questions unprotected                             0          1
Questions reopened                                5          0
Questions protected                              21        157
Questions migrated                                7          0
Questions flagged⁵                                9         96
Questions closed                                279         70
Question flags handled⁵                          72         34
Posts unlocked                                    0          1
Posts undeleted                                  13         27
Posts locked                                      1         69
Posts deleted⁶                                1,267      1,258
Posts bumped                                      0      2,847
Comments undeleted                                3          0
Comments flagged                                 45        504
Comments deleted⁷                               321        900
Comment flags handled                           120        429
Answers flagged                                 143      1,906
Answer flags handled                          1,953         96
All comments on a post moved to chat              5          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 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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