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 Ask Different over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 11 26
Users destroyed³ 68 0
Users deleted 9 0
Users contacted 32 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 1,187 1,324
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 224 106
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 387 392
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 284 1,484
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 670 968
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 911 3,578
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 473 705
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 804 354
Tags merged 184 0
Tag synonyms proposed 5 0
Tag synonyms created 5 0
Tag highlight language set 1 0
Revisions redacted 19 0
Questions unprotected 6 0
Questions reopened 187 3
Questions protected 39 110
Questions migrated 25 0
Questions merged 9 0
Questions flagged⁵ 225 4,035
Questions closed 1,642 90
Question flags handled⁵ 1,102 3,151
Posts unlocked 5 56
Posts undeleted 32 142
Posts locked 66 884
Posts deleted⁶ 1,174 5,277
Posts bumped 0 4,554
Escalations to the Community Manager team 3 0
Comments undeleted 111 0
Comments flagged 61 459
Comments deleted⁷ 4,615 2,718
Comment flags handled 454 66
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 211 1,995
Answer flags handled 2,038 165
All comments on a post moved to chat 44 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Ask Different 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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