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 Home Improvement over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 3 28
Users destroyed³ 166 0
Users deleted 2 0
Users contacted 7 0
User banned from review 10 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 11 1,622
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 1 168
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 244 2,423
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 0 1,662
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 0 1,495
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 1 4,477
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 0 694
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 3 3,975
Tag synonyms proposed 1 2
Tag synonyms created 2 1
Revisions redacted 1 0
Questions reopened 3 21
Questions protected 7 191
Questions migrated 29 2
Questions flagged⁵ 22 933
Questions closed 81 850
Question flags handled⁵ 289 655
Posts unlocked 1 17
Posts undeleted 23 60
Posts locked 20 312
Posts deleted⁶ 1,579 1,827
Posts bumped 0 4,613
Escalations to the Community Manager team 16 0
Comments undeleted 41 0
Comments flagged 31 2,007
Comments deleted⁷ 3,788 3,767
Comment flags handled 1,814 221
Answers flagged 149 3,887
Answer flags handled 3,416 624
All comments on a post moved to chat 60 0


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

  • IMO it's probably misleading to count comments deleted by their authors as a moderation activity.
    – jay613
    Jan 20, 2022 at 14:23
  • A lot of that activity is mine and I still fell asleep halfway down. :P Thanks for sharing, though.
    – isherwood
    Jan 27, 2022 at 19:57


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