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 Chess over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 6 11
Users destroyed³ 7 0
Users deleted 1 0
Users contacted 9 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 416 301
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 88 116
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 133 83
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 136 46
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 73 42
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 409 151
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 64 69
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 227 298
Tags merged 1 0
Questions reopened 22 12
Questions protected 6 32
Questions migrated 1 0
Questions flagged⁵ 34 129
Questions closed 236 30
Question flags handled⁵ 121 40
Posts undeleted 3 18
Posts locked 0 18
Posts deleted⁶ 211 317
Posts bumped 0 20
Comments undeleted 11 0
Comments flagged 595 424
Comments deleted⁷ 3,594 714
Comment flags handled 913 106
Answers flagged 54 335
Answer flags handled 330 59
All comments on a post moved to chat 27 0


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

  • I'm still not too familiar with the cogs of SE - does this contain the plain "Questions asked" and "Comments written"? It would be interesting for me how many questions didn't need actions. Jan 15, 2022 at 20:20

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We shall look forward to another year of sucess. Happy stat crunching over the course of 2022!

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