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 Science Fiction & Fantasy over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 24 30
Users destroyed³ 179 0
Users deleted 40 0
Users contacted 35 0
User banned from review 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 156 2,155
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 58 1,196
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 246 4,029
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 65 1,872
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 80 539
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 64 3,441
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 95 894
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 149 4,208
Tags merged 17 0
Tag synonyms proposed 5 1
Tag synonyms created 6 0
Revisions redacted 2 0
Questions unprotected 0 87
Questions reopened 70 124
Questions protected 30 198
Questions migrated 19 2
Questions flagged⁵ 22 723
Questions closed 221 1,083
Question flags handled⁵ 288 424
Posts unlocked 3 7
Posts undeleted 29 102
Posts locked 11 141
Posts deleted⁶ 732 2,363
Posts bumped 0 352
Escalations to the Community Manager team 4 0
Comments undeleted 81 0
Comments flagged 17 1,929
Comments deleted⁷ 4,334 3,327
Comment flags handled 1,478 468
Answers flagged 58 4,121
Answer flags handled 1,857 2,319
All comments on a post moved to chat 28 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Science Fiction & Fantasy 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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