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 Academia over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 23 63
Users destroyed³ 227 0
Users deleted 20 0
Users contacted 40 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 40 1,909
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 6 725
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 4 705
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 0 322
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 1 761
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 2 2,354
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 0 435
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 29 5,988
Tags merged 11 0
Tag synonyms proposed 5 3
Tag synonyms created 8 0
Revisions redacted 5 0
Questions unprotected 0 41
Questions reopened 19 25
Questions protected 82 59
Questions migrated 14 0
Questions merged 3 0
Questions flagged⁵ 71 1,573
Questions closed 467 1,512
Question flags handled⁵ 746 883
Posts unlocked 7 16
Posts undeleted 17 74
Posts locked 24 356
Posts deleted⁶ 495 2,518
Posts bumped 0 313
Escalations to the Community Manager team 14 0
Comments undeleted 256 0
Comments flagged 93 1,215
Comments deleted⁷ 6,991 2,819
Comment flags handled 1,145 164
Answers flagged 178 1,855
Answer flags handled 1,481 552
All comments on a post moved to chat 185 0


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

  • 2
    Thanks to the site mods for a hard job well done.
    – Buffy
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 20:51


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