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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 Unix & Linux over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 9 26
Users destroyed³ 76 0
Users deleted 10 0
Users contacted 18 0
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
User banned from review 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 346 6,990
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 27 499
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 1,698 3,373
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 232 3,432
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 6 3,752
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 117 9,427
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 11 2,245
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 10 5,573
Tag synonyms proposed 2 0
Tag highlight language set 2 0
Revisions redacted 35 0
Questions unprotected 1 10
Questions reopened 36 36
Questions protected 2 196
Questions migrated 27 73
Questions flagged⁵ 44 1,102
Questions closed 745 1,801
Question flags handled⁵ 406 726
Posts unlocked 1 20
Posts undeleted 63 620
Posts locked 2 257
Posts deleted⁶ 2,235 11,403
Posts bumped 0 8,246
Escalations to the Community Manager team 5 0
Comments undeleted 44 0
Comments flagged 509 4,417
Comments deleted⁷ 8,487 13,667
Comment flags handled 4,118 808
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 227 4,112
Answer flags handled 3,597 739
All comments on a post moved to chat 45 0

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Unix & Linux 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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