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 Music: Practice & Theory over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 4 11
Users destroyed³ 21 0
Users deleted 5 0
Users contacted 11 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 53 576
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 62 315
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 34 585
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 10 488
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 1 323
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 16 1,338
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 3 290
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 218 2,150
Tags merged 4 0
Tag synonyms proposed 4 1
Tag synonyms created 5 0
Questions reopened 28 26
Questions protected 23 26
Questions migrated 44 0
Questions flagged⁵ 22 398
Questions closed 572 398
Question flags handled⁵ 252 161
Posts unlocked 0 3
Posts undeleted 10 49
Posts locked 13 86
Posts deleted⁶ 682 707
Posts bumped 0 332
Escalations to the Community Manager team 6 0
Comments undeleted 34 0
Comments flagged 7 359
Comments deleted⁷ 2,902 1,458
Comment flags handled 285 81
Answers flagged 51 955
Answer flags handled 885 121
All comments on a post moved to chat 32 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Music: Practice & Theory 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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