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 Politics over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 164 50
Users destroyed³ 281 0
Users deleted 13 0
Users contacted 213 0
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 146 797
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 19 1,581
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 29 859
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 1 70
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 6 80
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 35 542
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 12 93
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 45 3,510
Tags merged 29 0
Tag synonyms proposed 51 1
Tag synonyms created 55 0
Questions unprotected 14 0
Questions reopened 23 107
Questions protected 63 43
Questions migrated 25 3
Questions merged 5 0
Questions flagged⁵ 52 825
Questions closed 212 716
Question flags handled⁵ 484 377
Posts unlocked 15 21
Posts undeleted 159 49
Posts locked 33 192
Posts deleted⁶ 305 1,384
Posts bumped 0 87
Escalations to the Community Manager team 14 0
Comments undeleted 479 0
Comments flagged 322 2,665
Comments deleted⁷ 11,714 2,322
Comment flags handled⁷ 2,857 136
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 139 803
Answer flags handled 650 291
All comments on a post moved to chat 149 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Politics 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 can resolve a comment flag).

Further reading:

Wishing everyone a happy 2022! ^_^


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