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 Game Development over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 1 19
Users destroyed³ 35 0
Users deleted 4 0
Users contacted 11 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 310 882
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 25 32
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 18 122
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 44 220
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 23 466
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 112 1,160
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 24 215
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 103 269
Tags merged 6 0
Tag synonyms proposed 11 0
Tag synonyms created 9 0
Questions unprotected 1 0
Questions reopened 40 1
Questions protected 3 5
Questions migrated 3 0
Questions flagged⁵ 27 292
Questions closed 748 25
Question flags handled⁵ 189 128
Posts unlocked 1 2
Posts undeleted 13 77
Posts locked 6 70
Posts deleted⁶ 315 2,092
Posts bumped 0 4,348
Escalations to the Community Manager team 11 0
Comments undeleted 49 0
Comments flagged 16 129
Comments deleted⁷ 2,259 832
Comment flags handled 118 28
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 67 398
Answer flags handled 381 84
All comments on a post moved to chat 26 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Game Development 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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