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 Code Golf over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 9 24
Users destroyed³ 523 0
Users deleted 8 0
Users contacted 19 0
User suspensions lifted early 3 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 147 614
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 66 232
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 71 317
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 82 339
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 8 63
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 98 456
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 40 237
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 113 477
Tags merged 20 0
Tag synonyms proposed 2 3
Tag synonyms created 7 0
Questions unprotected 7 71
Questions reopened 34 30
Questions protected 0 25
Questions migrated 4 2
Questions flagged⁵ 35 559
Questions closed 228 243
Question flags handled⁵ 252 340
Posts unlocked 7 1
Posts undeleted 57 512
Posts locked 4 116
Posts deleted⁶ 374 1,625
Posts bumped 0 10
Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0
Comments undeleted 92 0
Comments flagged 2 383
Comments deleted⁷ 1,790 3,903
Comment flags handled 316 69
Bounties canceled 3 0
Answers flagged 39 759
Answer flags handled 577 220
All comments on a post moved to chat 7 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Code Golf 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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