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 Mi Yodeya over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 10 15
Users destroyed³ 10 0
Users deleted 23 0
Users contacted 10 0
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 83 692
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 5 307
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 0 730
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 0 208
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 0 92
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 0 331
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 0 66
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 4 1,331
Tags merged 1 0
Tag synonyms proposed 2 2
Tag synonyms created 3 0
Questions reopened 18 16
Questions protected 3 5
Questions migrated 3 0
Questions merged 2 0
Questions flagged⁵ 25 223
Questions closed 335 189
Question flags handled⁵ 158 79
Posts unlocked 0 4
Posts undeleted 9 30
Posts locked 4 21
Posts deleted⁶ 216 721
Posts bumped 0 1,143
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0
Comments undeleted 161 0
Comments flagged 65 458
Comments deleted⁷ 3,897 1,319
Comment flags handled 397 127
Answers flagged 47 381
Answer flags handled 223 204
All comments on a post moved to chat 21 0


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

  • Comments deleted⁷ 3,897 1,319 Its not too much?
    – kouty
    Commented Jan 16, 2022 at 6:57
  • @kouty more likely not enough. Comments are ephemeral by design. In most cases, their effect (if warranted) should be seen in primary posts, followed by their deletion
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Commented Feb 2, 2022 at 16:33
  • 1
    @Isaac Moses that's a question of opinion.
    – kouty
    Commented Feb 2, 2022 at 17:29
  • @kouty judaism.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Commented Feb 2, 2022 at 18:22
  • Sorry that's an halacha lemoshe misinai @Isaac Moses
    – kouty
    Commented Feb 2, 2022 at 19:42


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