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 Arqade over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 4 28
Users destroyed³ 53 0
Users deleted 3 0
Users contacted 8 0
User banned from review 4 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 225 3,928
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 21 487
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 239 2,696
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 106 1,861
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 42 678
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 8 3,257
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 19 674
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 161 4,420
Tags merged 13 0
Tag synonyms proposed 17 0
Tag synonyms created 17 0
Revisions redacted 7 0
Questions unprotected 0 2
Questions reopened 32 26
Questions protected 12 153
Questions migrated 10 1
Questions merged 6 0
Questions flagged⁵ 53 1,316
Questions closed 401 827
Question flags handled⁵ 406 960
Posts unlocked 2 4
Posts undeleted 39 69
Posts locked 10 228
Posts deleted⁶ 1,410 2,127
Posts bumped 0 3,046
Escalations to the Community Manager team 5 0
Comments undeleted 62 0
Comments flagged 2 519
Comments deleted⁷ 3,807 1,287
Comment flags handled 460 61
Bounties canceled 3 0
Answers flagged 182 3,469
Answer flags handled 3,007 646
All comments on a post moved to chat 15 0


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

  • What's the difference between a user delete and destroy? Jan 13 at 13:45
  • 4
    Destroying a user also deletes all of their content — it is usually used to get rid of spammers or known trolls. Deleting a user doesn't necessarily delete their content.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jan 13 at 15:35


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