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 Engineering over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 0 17
Users destroyed³ 11 0
Users deleted 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 43 359
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 35 171
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 56 355
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 43 139
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 83 458
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 110 1,128
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 10 125
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 293 1,617
Questions unprotected 2 0
Questions reopened 10 1
Questions protected 0 13
Questions migrated 6 0
Questions flagged⁵ 6 244
Questions closed 355 224
Question flags handled⁵ 188 57
Posts unlocked 4 0
Posts undeleted 7 79
Posts locked 4 24
Posts deleted⁶ 172 941
Posts bumped 0 1,967
Comments undeleted 2 0
Comments flagged 0 88
Comments deleted⁷ 634 1,479
Comment flags handled 63 25
Answers flagged 5 366
Answer flags handled 279 92
All comments on a post moved to chat 14 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Engineering 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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    $\begingroup$ Good job everyone! Moderation is a community task and everyone can play a part. That being said, there could always be more people exercising their privelege to go through the review queues. $\endgroup$
    – hazzey Mod
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 17:02


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