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 Photography over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 1 26
Users destroyed³ 46 0
Users deleted 1 0
Users contacted 6 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 118 167
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 7 28
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 13 77
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 17 200
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 3 84
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 31 742
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 15 88
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 12 113
Tags merged 2 0
Tag synonyms proposed 2 0
Tag synonyms created 2 0
Revisions redacted 74 0
Questions reopened 14 1
Questions protected 10 27
Questions migrated 16 0
Questions merged 4 0
Questions flagged⁵ 10 222
Questions closed 200 41
Question flags handled⁵ 107 124
Posts unlocked 5 3
Posts undeleted 8 18
Posts locked 36 76
Posts deleted⁶ 257 473
Posts bumped 0 392
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0
Comments undeleted 24 0
Comments flagged 3 170
Comments deleted⁷ 1,124 553
Comment flags handled 150 23
Answers flagged 108 475
Answer flags handled 496 87
All comments on a post moved to chat 22 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Photography 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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