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 Photography over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   1         13
Users destroyed³                                  12          0
Users contacted                                    5          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue              2      1,069
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                 1        193
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue           1      1,226
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                 0        521
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                  0      2,111
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                 2      2,468
Tags merged                                        2          0
Tag synonyms proposed                              0          1
Revisions redacted                                 2          0
Questions reopened                                11         14
Questions protected                                1         46
Questions migrated                                 6          0
Questions flagged⁵                                13        601
Questions closed                                  17        654
Question flags handled⁵                          147        462
Posts undeleted                                   36         42
Posts locked                                       0        105
Posts deleted⁶                                   415      1,659
Posts bumped                                       0        488
Escalations to the Community Manager team          2          0
Comments undeleted                                14          0
Comments flagged                                   0      1,666
Comments deleted⁷                              1,476      3,418
Comment flags handled                            664        932
Answers flagged                                   41      1,804
Answer flags handled                           1,364        467
All comments on a post moved to chat               9          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Photography 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 Answer 1


Are any of the official Moderators still active?

  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Yes, but not many. \$\endgroup\$
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 16:29
  • 2
    \$\begingroup\$ @Shog9 There are flags in the queue going back months :( \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 17:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Shog9 Seriously, even egregious stuff like this (warning -- NSFW, which is the point) isn't getting addressed. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 18:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oof. Sorry matt; I've cleaned that up. \$\endgroup\$
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 18:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oof indeed. It's one gut punch after another 'round these parts it seems, Shog9. Thanks, and sorry to see you go. =/ \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb Mod
    Commented Jan 20, 2020 at 6:20

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