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 Bicycles over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 3 12
Users destroyed³ 39 0
Users deleted 8 0
Users contacted 6 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 78 397
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 5 4
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 21 396
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 14 363
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 5 133
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 25 971
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 2 138
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 34 576
Tags merged 4 0
Tag synonyms proposed 7 0
Tag synonyms created 9 0
Questions reopened 3 0
Questions protected 26 21
Questions migrated 2 0
Questions flagged⁵ 1 204
Questions closed 76 113
Question flags handled⁵ 104 101
Posts undeleted 6 17
Posts locked 2 39
Posts deleted⁶ 365 260
Posts bumped 0 104
Comments undeleted 2 0
Comments flagged 0 142
Comments deleted⁷ 388 565
Comment flags handled 100 44
Answers flagged 1 1,021
Answer flags handled 809 214
All comments on a post moved to chat 7 0


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

1 Answer 1


Based on these numbers:

  • Are we doing well in general?
  • What should we keep on doing?
  • What should we stop doing?

I know this isn't an answer but the post isn't a question.

  • How do you define "doing well?" What metrics are you using?
    – DavidW
    Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 16:11

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