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 Vi and Vim over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 0 2
Users destroyed³ 5 0
Users deleted 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 125 131
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 3 10
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 20 67
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 53 74
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 50 142
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 233 367
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 47 76
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 88 141
Tag synonyms proposed 0 4
Tag synonyms created 2 1
Questions reopened 3 0
Questions migrated 6 0
Questions merged 1 0
Questions flagged⁵ 1 38
Questions closed 139 24
Question flags handled⁵ 25 14
Posts unlocked 1 0
Posts undeleted 1 20
Posts locked 1 11
Posts deleted⁶ 35 377
Posts bumped 0 588
Escalations to the Community Manager team 3 0
Comments flagged 0 114
Comments deleted⁷ 416 954
Comment flags handled 75 39
Answers flagged 7 84
Answer flags handled 78 13
All comments on a post moved to chat 10 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Vi and Vim 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! ^_^

  • Really nice to see the community outpacing the mods in Review and Comment Deletion. I think we're doing what we can do best: hammering things that need it, and otherwise leaving well enough alone/carrying on as normal.
    – D. Ben Knoble Mod
    Jan 13, 2022 at 1:27


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