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 Astronomy over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 22 19
Users destroyed³ 10 0
Users deleted 4 0
Users contacted 34 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 32 992
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 6 97
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 1 262
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 3 169
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 1 206
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 17 676
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 1 117
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 45 1,214
Tags merged 9 0
Tag synonyms proposed 9 0
Tag synonyms created 8 0
Questions unprotected 0 1
Questions reopened 12 6
Questions protected 4 45
Questions migrated 31 1
Questions merged 3 0
Questions flagged⁵ 3 323
Questions closed 126 266
Question flags handled⁵ 134 185
Posts unlocked 0 3
Posts undeleted 8 55
Posts locked 2 72
Posts deleted⁶ 267 630
Posts bumped 0 144
Escalations to the Community Manager team 3 0
Comments undeleted 9 0
Comments flagged 2 326
Comments deleted⁷ 927 1,539
Comment flags handled 263 65
Answers flagged 9 518
Answer flags handled 411 116
All comments on a post moved to chat 24 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Astronomy 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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