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 Chemistry over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 20 36
Users destroyed³ 193 0
Users deleted 31 0
Users contacted 26 0
User suspensions lifted early 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 614 2,137
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 259 598
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 101 755
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 71 359
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 100 984
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 105 2,646
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 36 150
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 707 9,010
Tags merged 6 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 1
Tag synonyms created 1 0
Revisions redacted 1 0
Questions unprotected 1 0
Questions reopened 146 5
Questions protected 96 53
Questions migrated 46 0
Questions merged 6 0
Questions flagged⁵ 161 1,307
Questions closed 2,632 1,576
Question flags handled⁵ 746 705
Posts unlocked 3 18
Posts undeleted 52 178
Posts locked 28 286
Posts deleted⁶ 1,270 5,176
Posts bumped 0 851
Escalations to the Community Manager team 5 0
Comments undeleted 109 0
Comments flagged 607 925
Comments deleted⁷ 3,976 3,949
Comment flags handled 1,315 217
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 486 1,167
Answer flags handled 1,443 212
All comments on a post moved to chat 49 0


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

  • $\begingroup$ Huh, how does one cancel a bounty? Nuking whole post? $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 19:03
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Moderators can manually cancel a bounty before it is given out. $\endgroup$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 11:22
  • $\begingroup$ And can apparently redact a revision, but what that means? $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 14:21
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ See this MSE post, @Mithoron. $\endgroup$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 14:28


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