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 Parenting over the past 12 months:

                  Action                  Moderators Community¹
----------------------------------------- ---------- ----------
Users suspended²                                   7         13
Users destroyed³                                   9          0
Users deleted                                      8          0
Users contacted                                   13          0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue             74        194
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue                19         65
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue           8         61
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue                14        190
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue                 29        611
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue                44        224
Tags merged                                        1          0
Questions reopened                                17          0
Questions protected                                4         27
Questions migrated                                 1          0
Questions flagged⁵                                 3        124
Questions closed                                 200          3
Question flags handled⁵                           82         45
Posts unlocked                                     1          4
Posts undeleted                                   19          7
Posts locked                                       4         24
Posts deleted⁶                                   274        272
Posts bumped                                       0         21
Escalations to the Community Manager team          3          0
Comments undeleted                                23          0
Comments flagged                                   2        225
Comments deleted⁷                                857        354
Comment flags handled                             94        133
Answers flagged                                    7        450
Answer flags handled                             387         70
All comments on a post moved to chat              33          0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Parenting 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...

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Comparing 2019 and 2018 data, it appears that 2019 was more "quiet" in terms of the number of questions and posts deleted, and users suspended, destroyed or deleted.

Also this post from Shog9 has a plethora of useful data for 2019 and (linked to it) historical data up to 2016:
2019: a year in closing

Between 2016 and 2019, Parenting steadily lost almost half of the questions asked, while percent asked and closed somewhat increased:

Year    Asked   AskedAndClosed  PctAskedAndClosed
2016    996     299             30.02 % 
2017    952     290             30.46 %
2018    716     291             40.64 %
2019    531     193             36.35 %

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