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 Cross Validated over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 15 47
Users destroyed³ 68 0
Users deleted 8 0
Users contacted 45 0
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 1,263 3,171
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 614 812
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 150 828
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 184 1,276
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 113 4,395
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 114 8,974
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 24 952
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 1,906 2,496
Tags merged 88 0
Tag synonyms proposed 78 0
Tag synonyms created 81 0
Tag highlight language set 7 0
Revisions redacted 8 0
Questions reopened 482 28
Questions protected 75 35
Questions migrated 201 18
Questions merged 41 0
Questions flagged⁵ 118 1,447
Questions closed 6,559 697
Question flags handled⁵ 1,075 441
Posts unlocked 3 59
Posts undeleted 144 474
Posts locked 78 397
Posts deleted⁶ 1,371 16,336
Posts bumped 0 8,249
Escalations to the Community Manager team 12 0
Comments undeleted 66 0
Comments flagged 1,150 698
Comments deleted⁷ 3,005 6,630
Comment flags handled 1,761 87
Bounties canceled 10 0
Answers flagged 127 1,718
Answer flags handled 1,728 117
All comments on a post moved to chat 24 0


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

  • $\begingroup$ +1 Solely for the "exciting stats" link. $\endgroup$
    – Alexis
    Jan 31 at 17:28


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