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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 Science Fiction & Fantasy over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 19 8
Users destroyed³ 72 0
Users deleted 11 0
Users contacted 27 0
User banned from review 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 40 2,112
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 18 1,306
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 194 5,334
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 43 2,681
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 154 5,348
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 93 4,914
Tags merged 13 0
Tag synonyms proposed 2 0
Tag synonyms created 2 0
Revisions redacted 1 0
Questions unprotected 0 83
Questions reopened 48 108
Questions protected 19 225
Questions migrated 14 5
Questions merged 1 0
Questions flagged⁵ 5 679
Questions closed 122 1,375
Question flags handled⁵ 308 380
Posts unlocked 3 16
Posts undeleted 32 100
Posts locked 15 121
Posts deleted⁶ 613 3,273
Posts bumped 0 383
Escalations to the Community Manager team 4 0
Comments undeleted 75 0
Comments flagged 14 3,250
Comments deleted⁷ 4,960 3,621
Comment flags handled 2,609 661
Answers flagged 24 5,334
Answer flags handled 1,448 3,913
All comments on a post moved to chat 28 0

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Science Fiction & Fantasy 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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    Thanks to the community for helping with our moderation ! The network wouldn't be the same without yall! – AncientSwordRage Jan 21 at 13:06
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    Quick question, in the stats when there's an action that can be handled by the community and the moderators what is recorded? For example, if 4 users vote to close a question and a mod is the last vote to close does that count only in the Moderators column, or both? – TheLethalCarrot Jan 21 at 14:56
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    @TheLethalCarrot The query just checks the user ID attached to the post history. That's either the moderator ID if a moderator voted to close, the user ID if it was closed by a single user, otherwise, it's the community user. The post history stores the complete list of voting users as a JSON string, but the query doesn't consume that. So questions closed by a moderator will end up in the moderator column even if it got community votes. – Brian Nickel Jan 26 at 19:34
  • @BrianNickel Gotcha, makes sense and was what I assumed. Thanks for the answer! – TheLethalCarrot Jan 26 at 19:41
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I've compiled some data on the above comparing the numbers from this year to last year and Community actions to Moderator actions. It's all in one big table so you will likely have to scroll it to the side.

Just a note on the formulas:

  • % Increase is (2020-2019)/2019
  • Moderator to Community % Difference is (Moderator-Community)/Community
Action Moderator 2020 Moderator 2019 % Increase Community 2020 Community 2019 % Increase Moderator to Community 2020 % Difference Moderator to Community 2019 % Difference
Users suspended 19 21 -9.52% 8 28 -71.43% 137.50% -25.00%
Users destroyed 72 199 -63.82% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Users deleted 11 78 -85.90% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Users contacted 27 30 -10.00% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
User banned from review 1 2 -50.00% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Tasks reviewed: Suggested Edit queue 40 83 -51.81% 2,112 4918 -57.06% -98.11% -98.31%
Tasks reviewed: Reopen Vote queue 18 54 -66.67% 1,306 2604 -49.85% -98.62% -97.93%
Tasks reviewed: Low Quality Posts queue 194 155 25.16% 5,334 8434 -36.76% -96.36% -98.16%
Tasks reviewed: Late Answer queue 43 35 22.86% 2,681 3025 -11.37% -98.40% -98.84%
Tasks reviewed: First Post queue 154 165 -6.67% 5,348 6847 -21.89% -97.12% -97.59%
Tasks reviewed: Close Votes queue 93 79 17.72% 4,914 6622 -25.79% -98.11% -98.81%
Tags merged 13 29 -55.17% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Tag synonyms proposed 2 2 0.00% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Tag synonyms created 2 2 0.00% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Revisions redacted 1 3 -66.67% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Questions unprotected 0 1 -100.00% 83 4 1975.00% -100.00% -75.00%
Questions reopened 48 97 -50.52% 108 208 -48.08% -55.56% -53.37%
Questions protected 19 14 35.71% 225 248 -9.27% -91.56% -94.35%
Questions migrated 14 17 -17.65% 5 3 66.67% 180.00% 466.67%
Questions merged 1 8 -87.50% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Questions flagged 5 12 -58.33% 679 1375 -50.62% -99.26% -99.13%
Questions closed 122 133 -8.27% 1,375 1740 -20.98% -91.13% -92.36%
Question flags handled 308 508 -39.37% 380 875 -56.57% -18.95% -41.94%
Posts unlocked 3 1 200.00% 16 4 300.00% -81.25% -75.00%
Posts undeleted 32 50 -36.00% 100 88 13.64% -68.00% -43.18%
Posts locked 15 10 50.00% 121 188 -35.64% -87.60% -94.68%
Posts deleted 613 580 5.69% 3,273 3560 -8.06% -81.27% -83.71%
Posts bumped 0 0 0.00% 383 347 10.37% -100.00% -100.00%
Escalations to the Community Manager team 4 8 -50.00% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Comments undeleted 75 128 -41.41% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%
Comments flagged 14 16 -12.50% 3,250 3803 -14.54% -99.57% -99.58%
Comments deleted 4,960 6,060 -18.15% 3,621 5333 -32.10% 36.98% 13.63%
Comment flags handled 2,609 2,922 -10.71% 661 891 -25.81% 294.70% 227.95%
Answers flagged 24 45 -46.67% 5,334 7655 -30.32% -99.55% -99.41%
Answer flags handled 1,448 1,809 -19.96% 3,913 5891 -33.58% -63.00% -69.29%
All comments on a post moved to chat 28 49 -42.86% 0 0 0.00% 100.00% 100.00%

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