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 Electrical Engineering over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 71 46
Users destroyed³ 58 0
Users deleted 30 0
Users contacted 142 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 591 2,998
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 302 531
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 417 1,034
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 386 1,052
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 149 3,275
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 724 6,234
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 69 933
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 656 11,994
Tags merged 11 0
Tag synonyms proposed 6 3
Tag synonyms created 6 0
Tag highlight language set 1 0
Revisions redacted 2 0
Questions unprotected 3 0
Questions reopened 139 7
Questions protected 46 105
Questions migrated 126 10
Questions merged 6 0
Questions flagged⁵ 115 1,310
Questions closed 1,418 3,472
Question flags handled⁵ 825 572
Posts unlocked 49 25
Posts undeleted 159 478
Posts locked 83 381
Posts deleted⁶ 1,867 9,495
Posts bumped 0 8,225
Escalations to the Community Manager team 22 0
Comments undeleted 304 0
Comments flagged 722 1,545
Comments deleted⁷ 7,964 11,014
Comment flags handled 1,968 299
Bounties canceled 5 0
Answers flagged 546 3,534
Answer flags handled 3,559 529
All comments on a post moved to chat 184 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Electrical Engineering 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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Very interesting. Any opinions on the spike in suspensions as compared to last year?? Was it the result of any policy change that can be pointed at?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Hi, One difference might be me joining the mod team in 2021 so I'll take some of the blame :-) For example, without giving exact details, one way to remove spammers involves suspending the account (not only that, of course). As well as the obvious spam posts seen on the site, there have been spamming groups using multiple accounts to plant advertising links to their websites. So to help the site & reduce future spam, I've been proactively finding & deleting associated accounts, and my actions increment "counters" in that report. || All the mods have been busy helping the site in 2021 :-) \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Jan 15, 2022 at 1:06

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