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 TeX - LaTeX over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 0 29
Users destroyed³ 9 0
Users deleted 1 0
Users contacted 3 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 19 3,590
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 6 766
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 14 5,301
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 4 1,523
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 17 2,769
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 2 6,027
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 5 1,098
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 24 10,863
Tag synonyms proposed 0 3
Tag synonyms created 0 3
Questions unprotected 0 2
Questions reopened 20 110
Questions protected 2 40
Questions migrated 6 3
Questions merged 1 0
Questions flagged⁵ 6 963
Questions closed 104 3,012
Question flags handled⁵ 187 764
Posts unlocked 0 18
Posts undeleted 15 457
Posts locked 19 49
Posts deleted⁶ 415 5,901
Posts bumped 0 6,464
Comments undeleted 4 0
Comments flagged 2 1,216
Comments deleted⁷ 1,347 7,931
Comment flags handled 928 290
Answers flagged 33 2,763
Answer flags handled 979 1,824
All comments on a post moved to chat 9 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of TeX - LaTeX 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).

Further reading:

Wishing everyone a happy 2022! ^_^


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