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 Drupal Answers over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 4 15
Users destroyed³ 828 0
Users deleted 138 0
Users contacted 5 0
User banned from review 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 119 727
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 42 170
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 11 254
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 2 394
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 1 404
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 1 820
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 1 178
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 77 1,201
Tags merged 109 0
Questions reopened 33 1
Questions protected 6 15
Questions merged 5 0
Questions flagged⁵ 31 552
Questions closed 922 223
Question flags handled⁵ 137 434
Posts unlocked 1 2
Posts undeleted 61 36
Posts locked 6 141
Posts deleted⁶ 792 2,461
Posts bumped 0 8,213
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0
Comments undeleted 6 0
Comments flagged 19 147
Comments deleted⁷ 1,277 622
Comment flags handled 101 65
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 62 454
Answer flags handled 419 97
All comments on a post moved to chat 5 0


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

  • Ah it means "by moderators" and "by community". First thought 4 moderators have been suspended.
    – leymannx
    Jan 12, 2022 at 15:44
  • 2
    heh, would've been hard to also destroy 800+ mods, though, @leymannx ;P
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jan 12, 2022 at 15:46


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