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 Super User over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 49 429
Users destroyed³ 2,443 0
Users deleted 36 0
Users contacted 67 0
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
User banned from review 0 16
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 491 12,302
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 7 2,582
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 28 5,608
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 4 8,797
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 5 7,494
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 116 16,295
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 6 4,810
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 25 7,909
Tags merged 3 0
Tag synonyms proposed 3 0
Tag synonyms created 3 0
Tag highlight language set 3 0
Revisions redacted 16 0
Questions unprotected 0 20
Questions reopened 114 75
Questions protected 23 747
Questions migrated 883 26
Questions merged 3 0
Questions flagged⁵ 831 8,337
Questions closed 5,451 1,150
Question flags handled⁵ 4,033 5,085
Posts unlocked 17 226
Posts undeleted 86 526
Posts locked 12 3,594
Posts deleted⁶ 5,017 27,973
Posts bumped 0 16,370
Escalations to the Community Manager team 4 0
Comments undeleted 46 0
Comments flagged 12 6,864
Comments deleted⁷ 5,803 13,676
Comment flags handled 3,966 2,910
Bounties canceled 7 0
Answers flagged 921 11,254
Answer flags handled 10,232 1,946
All comments on a post moved to chat 47 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Super User 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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