As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months.

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 welcome 2021, and in keeping with tradition, 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 Webmasters over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 7 31
Users destroyed³ 235 0
Users deleted 8 0
Users contacted 11 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 188 79
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 139 24
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 246 34
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 365 25
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 1,678 376
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 278 54
Tags merged 1 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 0
Tag synonyms created 1 0
Revisions redacted 1 0
Questions reopened 86 0
Questions protected 29 28
Questions migrated 68 0
Questions merged 1 0
Questions flagged⁵ 1 342
Questions closed 1,371 3
Question flags handled⁵ 231 112
Posts unlocked 2 16
Posts undeleted 25 32
Posts locked 9 128
Posts deleted⁶ 690 1,563
Posts bumped 0 529
Comments undeleted 12 0
Comments flagged 0 98
Comments deleted⁷ 419 395
Comment flags handled 52 46
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 0 895
Answer flags handled 689 206


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Webmasters 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:

A big thank you to Shog9 for writing the queries and script to facilitate fetching and posting this data to all the sites in the network, and to Brian for the subsequent work making the whole thing more user friendly.

Wishing everyone a happy 2021!


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