As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year.

As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network are moderated somewhat differently to other sites on the web:

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

That doesn't eliminate the need for having moderators altogether, but it does mean that the bulk of moderation work is carried out by regular folks. Every bit of time and effort y'all contribute to the site gives you access to more privileges you can use to help in this effort, all of which produce a cumulative effect that makes a big difference.

So as we say goodbye to 2021, let us look back at what we accomplished as a community... by looking at some exciting stats. Below is a breakdown of moderation actions performed on English Language & Usage over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 11 50
Users destroyed³ 336 0
Users deleted 11 0
Users contacted 36 0
User banned from review 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 33 3,273
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 11 2,868
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 3 6,712
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 6 2,240
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 0 2,322
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 0 6,036
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 0 1,374
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 13 14,905
Tags merged 12 0
Tag synonyms proposed 43 1
Tag synonyms created 44 0
Revisions redacted 4 0
Questions unprotected 5 14
Questions reopened 126 291
Questions protected 105 200
Questions migrated 315 465
Questions merged 10 0
Questions flagged⁵ 96 3,151
Questions closed 1,514 5,913
Question flags handled⁵ 822 2,386
Posts unlocked 25 472
Posts undeleted 33 323
Posts locked 426 1,232
Posts deleted⁶ 1,217 8,240
Posts bumped 0 3,614
Escalations to the Community Manager team 6 0
Comments undeleted 215 0
Comments flagged 82 2,065
Comments deleted⁷ 7,931 9,004
Comment flags handled 1,678 474
Answers flagged 192 4,748
Answer flags handled 3,275 1,681
All comments on a post moved to chat 151 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of English Language & Usage 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).

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Wishing everyone a happy 2022! ^_^


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