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 Psychology & Neuroscience over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 1 22
Users destroyed³ 3 0
Users deleted 2 0
Users contacted 3 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 65 22
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 29 2
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 30 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 76 3
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 99 27
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 195 90
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 22 4
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 40 40
Tags merged 2 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 0
Tag synonyms created 1 0
Questions reopened 10 0
Questions protected 5 14
Questions migrated 9 0
Questions flagged⁵ 14 87
Questions closed 424 6
Question flags handled⁵ 80 23
Posts unlocked 0 3
Posts undeleted 3 14
Posts locked 0 29
Posts deleted⁶ 186 664
Posts bumped 0 167
Escalations to the Community Manager team 3 0
Comments undeleted 12 0
Comments flagged 183 59
Comments deleted⁷ 617 222
Comment flags handled 239 3
Answers flagged 100 148
Answer flags handled 236 12
All comments on a post moved to chat 3 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Psychology & Neuroscience 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! ^_^

  • 2
    The community only closed 6 questions. :( Clearly shows an issue here, as highlighted by Arnon as well.
    – Steven Jeuris Mod
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 12:08
  • Question flags (mods and "community") = 101 and total question flags handled = 103? How does that work? Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 15:08
  • 1
    Those numbers refer to the number of flags raised during 2021 and the number of flags handled during 2021 — it's not raised and handled in 2021. The former group is not the ceiling for the latter, given there might've been pending flags from 2020 leftover, which would count towards the "handled" count but not be counted in the "raised" count. Does that make sense?
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 15:15


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