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 Language Learning over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 2 8
Users destroyed³ 724 0
Users deleted 1 0
Users contacted 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 21 11
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 2 1
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 6 12
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 18 43
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 23 21
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 45 94
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 14 9
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 59 22
Questions reopened 6 0
Questions protected 0 3
Questions migrated 37 0
Questions flagged⁵ 4 63
Questions closed 114 0
Question flags handled⁵ 63 4
Posts unlocked 0 5
Posts undeleted 1 8
Posts locked 0 51
Posts deleted⁶ 38 142
Posts bumped 0 103
Comments undeleted 3 0
Comments flagged 24 36
Comments deleted⁷ 72 34
Comment flags handled 55 5
Answers flagged 10 49
Answer flags handled 41 18


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Language Learning 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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Let's add a few more stats!

Top voters of 2021:

  1. Tsundoku: 36 edits
  2. Tommi: 21 edits
  3. Glorfindel: 11 edits

That's the complete list of editors for 2021.

Top voters of 2021:

  1. Tommi: 119 votes
  2. Blaszard: 69 votes
  3. bytebuster: 62 votes
  4. Tsundoku: 47 votes
  5. Peter M. - stands for Monica: 47 votes
  6. Robert Columbia: 45 votes
  7. AVI RAJ: 42 votes
  8. Charo: 26 votes
  9. aklingam: 26 votes
  10. Juan Antonia Tubio: 24 votes

(The above data are based on screenshots I made around midnight on 31 December 2021.)

Highest reputation gains of 2021 (see the reputation leagues):

  1. Tsundoku: 705 rep
  2. Rebecca J. Stones: 290 rep
  3. AML: 255 rep
  4. fi12: 170 rep
  5. Tommi: 166 rep
  6. Roger Vadim: 150 rep
  7. GuyC: 130 rep
  8. Hatchet: 130 rep
  9. Flimzy: 130 rep
  10. Antonio D.: 125 rep

For comparison, see the reputation leagues for 2020 and 2019.

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