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 Board & Card Games over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0          5
Users destroyed³                                  6          0
Users deleted                                     1          0
Users contacted                                   2          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            14      1,064
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                0        200
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue          2        725
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                1        304
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 1      1,173
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                3      1,046
Tags merged                                       6          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             5          0
Tag synonyms created                              5          0
Questions reopened                                6         21
Questions protected                               2         38
Questions migrated                                0          1
Questions flagged⁵                                4        521
Questions closed                                 10        282
Question flags handled⁵                          68        456
Posts unlocked                                    0          1
Posts undeleted                                   2         32
Posts locked                                      2        100
Posts deleted⁶                                   40        599
Posts bumped                                      0        109
Comments undeleted                                1          0
Comments flagged                                  0        421
Comments deleted⁷                               344        808
Comment flags handled                           192        223
Bounties canceled                                 1          0
Answers flagged                                  12        887
Answer flags handled                            187        709
All comments on a post moved to chat              2          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Board & Card Games 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...

  • 1
    "Users destroyed: 6".... Note to self, never argue with a mod. Jan 3, 2020 at 12:43
  • 2
    I know you're joking, but in reality user destruction is reserved mainly for users who post spam or nonsense and nothing else.
    – murgatroid99 Mod
    Jan 5, 2020 at 5:26
  • 2
    It's nice to see the community doing more than the moderation team! It shows who the main power here has - us! ☭
    – Someone
    Jan 5, 2020 at 12:10
  • @murgatroid99 yup but I couldn't resist. Jan 6, 2020 at 15:18
  • @AnatolyWein hey, we're part of the community too, just with some extra tools the rest of the community doesn't have to handle exceptional situations.
    – murgatroid99 Mod
    Jan 15, 2020 at 2:11


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