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 Ask Ubuntu over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 19 68
Users destroyed³ 272 0
Users deleted 15 0
Users contacted 47 0
User banned from review 0 14
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 507 15,177
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 15 1,464
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 204 8,769
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 31 9,453
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 15 8,280
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 78 14,011
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 17 4,827
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 160 12,182
Tags merged 1 0
Revisions redacted 14 0
Questions unprotected 2 3
Questions reopened 78 53
Questions protected 45 448
Questions migrated 16 17
Questions merged 15 0
Questions flagged⁵ 215 13,796
Questions closed 722 5,967
Question flags handled⁵ 1,853 11,793
Posts unlocked 8 14
Posts undeleted 141 620
Posts locked 37 1,562
Posts deleted⁶ 6,507 29,235
Posts bumped 0 8,258
Escalations to the Community Manager team 4 0
Comments undeleted 114 0
Comments flagged 145 4,672
Comments deleted⁷ 8,021 15,790
Comment flags handled 2,810 2,007
Bounties canceled 5 0
Answers flagged 298 11,373
Answer flags handled 10,143 1,530
All comments on a post moved to chat 72 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Ask Ubuntu 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! ^_^

  • What is the difference between "Users destroyed" and "Users deleted"?
    – cocomac
    Jan 12, 2022 at 21:35
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    @cocomac, see footnote 3 - it's spam purge. 😊 Jan 12, 2022 at 22:30
  • @ArturMeinild I read the footnote. It just says that they are destroyed with everything they posted. Does that mean that when they are simply deleted, what they've posted stays on the site?
    – cocomac
    Jan 12, 2022 at 22:31
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    Yes, that's how I understand it, which also makes sense considering the site philosophy. Jan 12, 2022 at 22:32
  • 3
    @cocomac when a user is deleted, some of their posts may also be deleted - for details see the By account removal section of this MSE post.
    – Zanna Mod
    Jan 13, 2022 at 8:30
  • Great stats, thanks. Can't help but notice the "Comments deleted" section. It's probably more of a SE global network remark, but is there any plan to allow a user to -at least- know that their comments have been deleted? (yes, in 2022, comments are still handled the MH370 way! no way to even see a trace, let alone be able to retrieve the comment / know the deletion reason)
    – Déjà vu
    Feb 5, 2022 at 9:14


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