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 Cryptography over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 1 15
Users destroyed³ 12 0
Users deleted 4 0
Users contacted 4 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 78 958
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 5 86
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 1 155
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 0 164
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 6 519
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 2 1,227
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 0 123
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 84 1,000
Tags merged 2 0
Tag synonyms proposed 5 1
Tag synonyms created 4 0
Questions reopened 36 0
Questions protected 1 5
Questions migrated 85 1
Questions merged 12 0
Questions flagged⁵ 3 311
Questions closed 605 112
Question flags handled⁵ 172 136
Posts unlocked 1 20
Posts undeleted 20 57
Posts locked 10 105
Posts deleted⁶ 209 1,250
Posts bumped 0 746
Comments undeleted 38 0
Comments flagged 0 106
Comments deleted⁷ 1,200 1,385
Comment flags handled 97 9
Answers flagged 0 269
Answer flags handled 236 33
All comments on a post moved to chat 11 0


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

  • $\begingroup$ Our first post queue is halved in 2021. One possible reason is we have lots of basic questions that cover them, though it is amazing that new contributors ask some basic questions that never approached or SO is not gaining new users as in previous years. What about other SO sites? Same result? $\endgroup$
    – kelalaka
    Jan 12, 2022 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ If anybody has any questions about the stats to the moderators, then feel free to ask. Of course, users destroyed are mainly due to spam(-egg-bacon-and-spam). At least from my side: I try and leave closing questions to the community, although I do try and give them a push if they are at 2/3 close votes already. Thanks JNat, I hope that the generation of the stats has become a bit more transparent :) $\endgroup$
    – Maarten Bodewes Mod
    Jan 12, 2022 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ FYI, I've made a comparison table $\endgroup$
    – kelalaka
    Jan 17, 2022 at 14:23


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