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 Personal Finance & Money over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 15 22
Users destroyed³ 38 0
Users deleted 1 0
Users contacted 21 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 130 790
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 60 197
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 19 203
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 40 230
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 15 473
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 246 1,600
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 6 214
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 429 1,353
Tags merged 5 0
Tag synonyms proposed 4 2
Tag synonyms created 5 0
Revisions redacted 10 0
Questions reopened 20 10
Questions protected 42 122
Questions migrated 15 0
Questions merged 1 0
Questions flagged⁵ 43 815
Questions closed 587 303
Question flags handled⁵ 347 506
Posts unlocked 3 7
Posts undeleted 20 42
Posts locked 7 196
Posts deleted⁶ 437 1,351
Posts bumped 0 1,308
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0
Comments undeleted 45 0
Comments flagged 28 698
Comments deleted⁷ 1,935 2,150
Comment flags handled 566 161
Answers flagged 68 1,275
Answer flags handled 1,001 343
All comments on a post moved to chat 35 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Personal Finance & Money 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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