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 Martial Arts breaks down by activity over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  0          5
Users destroyed                                   1          0
Users contacted                                   2          0
Tasks reviewed³: Suggested Edit queue            17         66
Tasks reviewed³: Reopen Vote queue                1          7
Tasks reviewed³: Low Quality Posts queue          5         72
Tasks reviewed³: Late Answer queue               15         73
Tasks reviewed³: First Post queue                41        166
Tasks reviewed³: Close Votes queue               16        191
Tag synonyms proposed                             0          1
Tag synonyms created                              1          0
Questions reopened                                2          0
Questions protected                               2         12
Questions migrated                                1          0
Questions flagged⁴                                0         14
Questions closed                                 39         20
Question flags handled⁴                          10          4
Posts undeleted                                   0          2
Posts locked                                      0          3
Posts deleted⁵                                   52         76
Posts bumped                                      0         12
Comments undeleted                                2          0
Comments flagged                                 19        153
Comments deleted⁶                               142        162
Comment flags handled                            94         78
Answers flagged                                   0        127
Answer flags handled                            111         16
All comments on a post moved to chat              1          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Martial Arts 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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The moderator comment flags were probably all mine - normally as a result of a clean up of comments that were no longer needed (I use the flags as a way of recording why I deleted it).

This is a great summary because it gives the community an idea of the work they did and also reinforces the notion that moderators are exception handlers.

Happy new year everyone!

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