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 Learners over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 47 42
Users destroyed³ 16 0
Users deleted 23 0
Users contacted 69 0
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 929 1,887
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 128 196
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 1,242 1,121
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 667 624
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 341 587
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 1,491 1,886
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 240 376
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 1,260 10,130
Tag synonyms proposed 2 0
Tag synonyms created 5 0
Questions unprotected 1 2
Questions reopened 93 3
Questions protected 7 110
Questions migrated 34 7
Questions merged 5 0
Questions flagged⁵ 44 659
Questions closed 1,086 1,717
Question flags handled⁵ 400 301
Posts unlocked 11 9
Posts undeleted 50 157
Posts locked 17 326
Posts deleted⁶ 1,068 4,024
Posts bumped 0 8,234
Escalations to the Community Manager team 7 0
Comments undeleted 62 0
Comments flagged 649 1,878
Comments deleted⁷ 3,264 4,836
Comment flags handled 2,103 423
Answers flagged 621 2,475
Answer flags handled 2,808 287
All comments on a post moved to chat 14 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of English Language Learners 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 everyone a happy 2022! ^_^

  • 2
    +1 And I have a feeling some of the things in the "Community" column were 100% the bots, and others were 100% the human community, so mixing them together muddles the data. There's three distinct groups who do moderation, so this data would be more meaningful if it were split into three columns.
    – gotube Mod
    Jan 18, 2022 at 2:28


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