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 Web Applications over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 0 21
Users destroyed³ 86 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 127 1,302
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 14 42
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 74 966
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 2 1,556
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 8 4,555
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 126 1,482
Tags merged 1 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 1
Tag synonyms created 1 0
Revisions redacted 2 0
Questions reopened 7 3
Questions protected 2 209
Questions migrated 44 5
Questions flagged⁵ 49 1,275
Questions closed 436 283
Question flags handled⁵ 367 949
Posts unlocked 0 5
Posts undeleted 15 49
Posts locked 0 340
Posts deleted⁶ 1,298 3,168
Posts bumped 0 5,125
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0
Comments undeleted 6 0
Comments flagged 44 193
Comments deleted⁷ 302 693
Comment flags handled 210 27
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 126 3,172
Answer flags handled 2,844 452
All comments on a post moved to chat 2 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Web Applications 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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