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 Server Fault over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 8 48
Users destroyed³ 212 0
Users deleted 2 0
Users contacted 11 0
User banned from review 0 2
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 587 4,624
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 18 253
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 151 1,560
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 18 2,662
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 0 955
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 24 6,186
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 5 1,006
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 272 7,231
Tags merged 1 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 0
Tag synonyms created 1 0
Revisions redacted 26 0
Questions reopened 12 5
Questions protected 3 109
Questions migrated 36 254
Questions flagged⁵ 90 2,897
Questions closed 474 2,680
Question flags handled⁵ 629 2,315
Posts unlocked 0 28
Posts undeleted 17 173
Posts locked 2 759
Posts deleted⁶ 1,616 11,181
Posts bumped 0 16,424
Comments undeleted 3 0
Comments flagged 1 979
Comments deleted⁷ 999 3,281
Comment flags handled 818 162
Bounties canceled 3 0
Answers flagged 167 3,894
Answer flags handled 3,258 802
All comments on a post moved to chat 5 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Server Fault 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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    It would be nice if the report showed amount of time Edit queue full or how many people tried to submit an edit but couldn't because the queue was full, how many abandoned the edit.
    – Paul
    Commented Jan 13, 2022 at 1:15
  • Kinda unrelated, but also related. Using the name 'meta' now has a new and different connotation since Facebook has now renamed itself to 'Meta'. Using this ServerFault 'meta' naming can easily become confused with Facebook, potentially implying that the 'meta' ServerFault site is owned or operated by Facebook. Someone may want to reconsider using 'meta' in the URL and in the site's naming.
    – Commorancy
    Commented Jan 25, 2022 at 23:50


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