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 Writing over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 8 25
Users destroyed³ 99 0
Users deleted 24 0
Users contacted 12 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 62 400
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 0 96
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 9 88
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 2 145
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 4 128
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 1 572
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 2 112
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 15 932
Tags merged 11 0
Tag synonyms proposed 7 1
Tag synonyms created 10 0
Revisions redacted 2 0
Questions unprotected 3 0
Questions reopened 7 0
Questions protected 11 10
Questions migrated 39 14
Questions merged 3 0
Questions flagged⁵ 15 266
Questions closed 231 147
Question flags handled⁵ 149 131
Posts unlocked 2 16
Posts undeleted 7 12
Posts locked 1 118
Posts deleted⁶ 183 516
Posts bumped 0 158
Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0
Comments undeleted 10 0
Comments flagged 15 151
Comments deleted⁷ 386 356
Comment flags handled 140 26
Answers flagged 31 306
Answer flags handled 270 67
All comments on a post moved to chat 8 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Writing 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! ^_^


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