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 Law over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 6 30
Users destroyed³ 19 0
Users deleted 4 0
Users contacted 19 0
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 54 1,332
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 132 255
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 174 212
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 124 73
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 2 632
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 30 1,380
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 4 151
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 30 3,605
Tags merged 8 0
Tag synonyms proposed 7 1
Tag synonyms created 8 0
Questions reopened 65 22
Questions protected 5 18
Questions migrated 51 0
Questions merged 7 0
Questions flagged⁵ 27 543
Questions closed 331 465
Question flags handled⁵ 383 177
Posts unlocked 0 20
Posts undeleted 18 71
Posts locked 8 119
Posts deleted⁶ 394 1,480
Posts bumped 0 620
Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0
Comments undeleted 63 0
Comments flagged 10 1,166
Comments deleted⁷ 3,982 1,964
Comment flags handled 1,005 171
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 30 1,208
Answer flags handled 872 366
All comments on a post moved to chat 150 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Law 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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