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 Database Administrators over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 14 36
Users destroyed³ 64 0
Users deleted 18 0
Users contacted 17 0
User suspensions lifted early 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 93 1,813
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 22 290
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 96 1,147
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 14 823
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 9 1,397
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 109 3,530
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 5 520
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 604 7,142
Tags merged 5 0
Tag synonyms proposed 7 0
Tag synonyms created 7 0
Revisions redacted 5 0
Questions reopened 63 4
Questions protected 6 35
Questions migrated 20 39
Questions merged 2 0
Questions flagged⁵ 31 455
Questions closed 810 1,303
Question flags handled⁵ 170 302
Posts unlocked 6 29
Posts undeleted 19 122
Posts locked 20 235
Posts deleted⁶ 619 3,811
Posts bumped 0 8,236
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0
Comments undeleted 211 0
Comments flagged 47 553
Comments deleted⁷ 9,247 2,480
Comment flags handled 521 79
Bounties canceled 3 0
Answers flagged 132 1,076
Answer flags handled 990 218
All comments on a post moved to chat 29 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Database Administrators 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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