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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 Robotics over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 0 9
Users destroyed³ 3 0
Users deleted 1 0
Users contacted 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 77 21
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 5 2
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 10 6
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 40 25
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 85 73
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 166 74
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 23 18
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 63 44
Tag synonyms proposed 3 0
Tag synonyms created 1 0
Revisions redacted 4 0
Questions protected 0 3
Questions flagged⁵ 4 49
Questions closed 110 0
Question flags handled⁵ 40 11
Posts undeleted 0 11
Posts locked 0 6
Posts deleted⁶ 50 329
Posts bumped 0 794
Comments flagged 0 17
Comments deleted⁷ 26 116
Comment flags handled 15 2
Answers flagged 0 125
Answer flags handled 91 34

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Robotics 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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I realized that there has been a number of these "A Year in Moderation" posts. So I dug up the data from previous years and plotted it. Enjoy!

answer flags handled answers flagged comment flags handled comments deleted comments flagged posts bumped posts deleted posts locked posts undeleted question flags handled questions closed questions flagged questions protected tasks reviewed: close votes queue tasks reviewed: first post queue tasks reviewed: late answer queue tasks reviewed: low quality posts queue tasks reviewed: reopen vote queue tasks reviewed: suggested edit queue users contacted users suspended

Note that the set of metrics was slightly different each year. What we have here are just the ones that were available for all 4 years. It would be nice to plot the other metrics and call out the missing data. For example "tag synonyms proposed" was missing from 2020 only. So we could still plot the data we have and just have a blank N/A for 2020. But implementing that was a little too difficult for the time i wanted to spend on this project.

Raw data and Python plotting script available upon request.

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