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 Artificial Intelligence over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 6 20
Users destroyed³ 6 0
Users deleted 2 0
Users contacted 16 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 298 825
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 4 91
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 3 65
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 2 144
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 14 474
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 7 1,234
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 1 117
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 29 361
Tags merged 45 0
Tag synonyms proposed 253 0
Tag synonyms created 253 0
Revisions redacted 1 0
Questions reopened 18 2
Questions protected 29 1
Questions migrated 7 0
Questions merged 5 0
Questions flagged⁵ 4 472
Questions closed 992 117
Question flags handled⁵ 295 176
Posts unlocked 0 2
Posts undeleted 9 55
Posts locked 115 15
Posts deleted⁶ 1,037 1,296
Posts bumped 0 1,616
Escalations to the Community Manager team 4 0
Comments undeleted 134 0
Comments flagged 0 63
Comments deleted⁷ 5,164 414
Comment flags handled 49 14
Answers flagged 1 187
Answer flags handled 165 20
All comments on a post moved to chat 52 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Artificial Intelligence 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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With respect to last year, here are a few things I would like to note

  • The suggested edits by the community increased significantly, which is a good thing, as it suggests that the community starts to care more about the quality of the posts
  • Fewer reopened questions by mods
  • Fewer migrated questions by mods (I've been trying to avoid migrating posts, because those off-topic posts are usually poor)
  • Slightly more questions closed by the community, which is a good thing, as it suggests that the community starts to close more off-topic, unclear, opinion-based, etc., questions, but we still need to work on this aspect a little bit more; there are still some questions that should have been closed that were not closed and occasionally some posts are voted to be closed, when, in reality, they should not be closed (this happens only sometimes, but people should carefully read the post before voting to close it).
  • More posts locked by the community (but this was probably due to user #-1) and fewer by the mods
  • Slightly more posts deleted by the mods, which seems to be consistent with the work I've been doing to clean up some posts that are not really valuable for the site
  • Slightly fewer comments were flagged and deleted by the community (not sure if this is a good thing)

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