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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 Gardening & Landscaping breaks down by activity over the past 12 months:

                 Action                  Moderators Community¹
---------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                  1          9
Users destroyed                                  22          0
Users contacted                                   3          0
User banned from review                           1          0
Tasks reviewed³: Suggested Edit queue            38        229
Tasks reviewed³: Reopen Vote queue                6         23
Tasks reviewed³: Low Quality Posts queue        145        188
Tasks reviewed³: Late Answer queue               60        227
Tasks reviewed³: First Post queue               123      1,254
Tasks reviewed³: Close Votes queue               38        251
Tags merged                                       1          0
Questions reopened                                6          0
Questions protected                               2         11
Questions migrated                                9          0
Questions merged                                  1          0
Questions flagged⁴                                5         64
Questions closed                                 93         32
Question flags handled⁴                          51         18
Posts undeleted                                   3          7
Posts locked                                      1         40
Posts deleted⁵                                  314        182
Posts bumped                                      0        657
Escalations to the CM team                        1          0
Comments undeleted                                6          0
Comments flagged                                 11        204
Comments deleted⁶                               358        561
Comment flags handled                            82        133
Answers flagged                                  28        527
Answer flags handled                            477         78
All comments on a post moved to chat              2          0

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Gardening & Landscaping 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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