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 Software Engineering over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 1 15
Users destroyed³ 24 0
Users deleted 3 0
Users contacted 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 7 1,259
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 2 398
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 1 326
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 1 271
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 0 778
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 4 2,191
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 0 242
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 3 628
Tag highlight language set 1 0
Questions unprotected 0 2
Questions reopened 16 32
Questions protected 2 259
Questions migrated 11 3
Questions merged 1 0
Questions flagged⁵ 11 3,046
Questions closed 369 1,893
Question flags handled⁵ 825 2,184
Posts unlocked 0 6
Posts undeleted 6 102
Posts locked 9 87
Posts deleted⁶ 695 2,940
Posts bumped 0 1,192
Comments undeleted 4 0
Comments flagged 0 633
Comments deleted⁷ 857 1,650
Comment flags handled 444 188
Answers flagged 23 461
Answer flags handled 345 138
All comments on a post moved to chat 3 0


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

  • interesting how would this data look like without questions from folks who post here with sole purpose to circumvent asking limits at Stack Overflow. Per my reading of stats provided a while ago they make over 20% of total questions at our site. If these questions were excluded, I guess data on closed and deleted questions, flags etc would look much different
    – gnat
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 18:18


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