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 Salesforce over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   5          8
Users destroyed³                                  24          0
Users deleted                                     48          0
Users contacted                                   10          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue            642      3,374
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue               243        648
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue         275      6,472
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue               468      1,923
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                818      6,524
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue               132     13,135
Tags merged                                       10          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              4          1
Tag synonyms created                              11          0
Tag highlight language set                         1          0
Questions reopened                                50          6
Questions protected                                5         88
Questions migrated                                 5          0
Questions flagged⁵                                22      1,561
Questions closed                                 446      3,433
Question flags handled⁵                          331      1,260
Posts unlocked                                     0          1
Posts undeleted                                   26        319
Posts locked                                       2        132
Posts deleted⁶                                 2,786      8,993
Posts bumped                                       0      8,610
Escalations to the Community Manager team          3          0
Comments undeleted                                24          0
Comments flagged                                  23      3,707
Comments deleted⁷                              2,471      6,502
Comment flags handled                            286      3,444
Bounties canceled                                  1          0
Answers flagged                                  141      4,368
Answer flags handled                           3,317      1,194
All comments on a post moved to chat              51          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Salesforce 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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