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 Signal Processing over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 3 11
Users deleted 1 0
Users contacted 6 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 8 692
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 8 44
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 11 250
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 0 213
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 7 535
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 74 1,196
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 11 137
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 238 833
Tags merged 3 0
Tag synonyms proposed 2 2
Tag synonyms created 2 0
Questions unprotected 1 0
Questions reopened 19 0
Questions protected 1 4
Questions migrated 13 0
Questions flagged⁵ 0 101
Questions closed 325 59
Question flags handled⁵ 57 33
Posts unlocked 0 6
Posts undeleted 3 76
Posts locked 4 18
Posts deleted⁶ 117 1,348
Posts bumped 0 3,036
Comments undeleted 5 0
Comments flagged 0 88
Comments deleted⁷ 271 1,443
Comment flags handled 80 8
Answers flagged 2 257
Answer flags handled 206 53
All comments on a post moved to chat 6 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Signal Processing 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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