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 Spanish Language over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 2 6
Users destroyed³ 3 0
Users contacted 3 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 89 332
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 4 91
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 71 632
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 96 239
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 94 623
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 21 571
Tags merged 7 0
Tag synonyms proposed 7 2
Tag synonyms created 8 1
Questions unprotected 0 1
Questions reopened 7 4
Questions protected 1 35
Questions migrated 7 0
Questions flagged⁵ 4 112
Questions closed 51 100
Question flags handled⁵ 55 60
Posts unlocked 0 1
Posts undeleted 15 23
Posts locked 0 30
Posts deleted⁶ 216 242
Posts bumped 0 39
Comments undeleted 21 0
Comments flagged 54 242
Comments deleted⁷ 603 2,105
Comment flags handled 204 89
Answers flagged 141 501
Answer flags handled 472 166
All comments on a post moved to chat 14 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Spanish Language 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
    This data could be even more interesting if we could use it to learn something, especially since we still have in the air Can we get the close and reopen voting thresholds lowered to 3?. For this reason in previous years I used to create a discussion via site retrospectives (the most recent Retrospectiva de 2018 en Spanish.se) although barely any users, apart from the mods at that time, used to participate in them. I don't know which conclusions we can draw from those numbers.
    – Diego
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 17:06
  • @Diego definitely the statistic for "Questions closed" (moderators 51, community 100) speaks in favor of lowering the threshold. On the other hand, this statistic might not reflect the current situation, as for most of 2019, Spanish.SE had more than one moderator.
    – wimi
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 19:32
  • Can you guys answer a question for me, please? When an answer is deleted by a poster, it turns brown. Does it actually ever disappear?? I have never understood this properly with regard to SE's sites. This site does not have good explanations for this. I also have zero idea how points work. :)
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 20:02
  • @Lambie when a post is deleted, it disappears for most of the users, but it is still visible by people above a certain reputation (now 2000 points).
    – fedorqui
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 22:07
  • @Diego there is the question close stats page which shows some numbers. I browsed through SEDE to get other metrics like average time for closing questions, and posted them in a comment to the question you are linking.
    – fedorqui
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 22:10
  • @fedorqui When I delete an answer of mine, I do not want to see it ever again. So, I think the "brown out" thing is stupid, frankly.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 3, 2020 at 22:22
  • @Lambie questions and answers are never deleted, only hidden. The owner and high-rep users can see them. The reason is that, once you post something to Stack Exchange, you automatically give SE a permanent license to publish your content. You do not have the right to delete your posts. This is done to prevent some users from asking a question, and then deleting it when they get the answer, preventing others from benefiting from the post. This has often been discussed on Meta. See this and this
    – wimi
    Commented Jan 4, 2020 at 8:46
  • @fedorqui They can have their stupid permanent license. But why would they want to publish crap? (I am referring to some post or other of mine, not others. My crappy posts). Do you keep garbage in your house? Not deleting questions is one thing. Deleting one's own answers to a question is another:). These things aren't worth keeping. They don't want to deal with dvs. It's more programming for them.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 4, 2020 at 17:27
  • 1
    FWIW, soft deletion has nothing to do with licensing; it's just safer. Everything from mis-clicks to disagreement gets easier to handle when nothing is permanently destroyed.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jan 4, 2020 at 17:42
  • @Lambie writing such comment in here will not achieve much, you might want to support the related Meta request . When I mentioned licensing, I was referring to cases like this one, where soft-deletion allows the community to undelete a useful post deleted by its owner.
    – wimi
    Commented Jan 4, 2020 at 18:38
  • "Destroying an user"? Wow, violent!
    – Quidam
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 13:59
  • The table is rather hard to read, but instructive.
    – Quidam
    Commented Jan 6, 2020 at 14:00
  • After comparing 2019's results with 2018 stats I think we must be happy: community is doing way more than it used to, although with the cost of being slower.
    – fedorqui
    Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 8:49


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