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 History of Science and Mathematics breaks down by activity over the past 12 months:
Action Moderators Community¹ ---------------------------------------- ---------- ---------- Users suspended² 1 9 Users contacted 2 0 Tasks reviewed³: Suggested Edit queue 17 130 Tasks reviewed³: Reopen Vote queue 0 6 Tasks reviewed³: Low Quality Posts queue 1 75 Tasks reviewed³: Late Answer queue 0 57 Tasks reviewed³: First Post queue 1 284 Tasks reviewed³: Close Votes queue 1 142 Questions protected 1 2 Questions flagged⁴ 0 38 Questions closed 11 37 Question flags handled⁴ 17 21 Posts undeleted 3 12 Posts locked 0 4 Posts deleted⁵ 52 125 Posts bumped 0 66 Escalations to the CM team 1 0 Comments undeleted 6 0 Comments flagged 0 93 Comments deleted⁶ 163 752 Comment flags handled 54 39 Answers flagged 4 128 Answer flags handled 115 17 All comments on a post moved to chat 1 0
¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of History of Science and Mathematics 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...