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. To that end, here is how the moderation done here on Genealogy & Family History breaks down by activity over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  1          5
Users destroyed                                   2          0
Users contacted                                   2          0
Tasks reviewed³: Suggested Edit queue            32         48
Tasks reviewed³: Reopen Vote queue                3         22
Tasks reviewed³: Low Quality Posts queue          9         33
Tasks reviewed³: Late Answer queue               10         98
Tasks reviewed³: First Post queue                30        400
Tasks reviewed³: Close Votes queue               11         62
Tags merged                                       4          0
Tag synonyms proposed                             2          0
Tag synonyms created                              2          0
Revisions redacted                                9          0
Questions reopened                               11          0
Questions protected                               3          2
Questions flagged⁴                               13         30
Questions closed                                101          2
Question flags handled⁴                          40          3
Posts undeleted                                   3          6
Posts locked                                      0          4
Posts deleted⁵                                  105        120
Posts bumped                                      0         54
Comments undeleted                                1          0
Comments flagged                                  1         58
Comments deleted⁶                               173        171
Comment flags handled                            17         42
Answers flagged                                   1        161
Answer flags handled                            133         29
All comments on a post moved to chat              1          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Genealogy & Family History 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 This counts every review that was submitted (not skipped) - so the 3 suggested edits reviews needed to approve an edit would count as 3, the goal being to indicate the frequency of moderation actions. This also applies to flags, etc.

⁴ Includes close flags (but not close or reopen votes).

⁵ This ignores numerous deletions that happen automatically in response to some other action.

⁶ This includes comments deleted by their own authors (which also account for some number of handled comment flags).

Wishing you all a happy new year...


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