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 Worldbuilding over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 34 43
Users destroyed³ 1,016 0
Users deleted 223 0
Users contacted 78 0
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
User banned from review 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 431 1,131
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 203 1,760
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 71 1,202
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 218 176
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 157 207
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 117 1,376
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 200 398
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 52 5,451
Tags merged 11 0
Tag synonyms proposed 12 0
Tag synonyms created 11 0
Questions reopened 24 118
Questions protected 40 31
Questions migrated 38 1
Questions merged 3 0
Questions flagged⁵ 115 958
Questions closed 413 988
Question flags handled⁵ 657 376
Posts unlocked 1 10
Posts undeleted 79 85
Posts locked 9 213
Posts deleted⁶ 532 1,508
Posts bumped 0 134
Escalations to the Community Manager team 17 0
Comments undeleted 22 0
Comments flagged 120 816
Comments deleted⁷ 6,888 3,890
Comment flags handled 858 78
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 391 1,243
Answer flags handled 1,141 493
All comments on a post moved to chat 286 0


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

  • $\begingroup$ 11 posts unlocked in 1 year, uh $\endgroup$
    – Drien RPG
    Jan 22, 2022 at 22:05


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