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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 Interpersonal Skills over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 18 19
Users destroyed³ 50 0
Users deleted 15 0
Users contacted 26 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 69 137
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 35 117
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 63 674
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 21 38
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 66 396
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 27 281
Tags merged 1 0
Revisions redacted 2 0
Questions reopened 9 3
Questions protected 2 22
Questions migrated 3 0
Questions flagged⁵ 12 188
Questions closed 323 47
Question flags handled⁵ 133 67
Posts unlocked 1 0
Posts undeleted 11 19
Posts locked 0 71
Posts deleted⁶ 253 637
Posts bumped 0 18
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0
Comments undeleted 19 0
Comments flagged 40 400
Comments deleted⁷ 1,508 321
Comment flags handled 406 34
Answers flagged 274 614
Answer flags handled 470 413
All comments on a post moved to chat 5 0

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Interpersonal Skills 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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I was curious to know how much change compared to last year and especially: how much more or less work did the community did by itself compared to last year?

So I did this (on Excel):

Action Moderators 2019 Community 2019 % done by community 2019 Moderators 2020 Community 2020 % done by community 2020 Point difference
Users suspended 34 14 29,16666667 18 19 51,35135135 22,18468468
Users destroyed 56 0 0 50 0 0 0
Users deleted 9 0 0 15 0 0 0
Users contacted 57 0 0 26 0 0 0
Tasks reviewed: Suggested Edit queue 102 499 83,02828619 69 137 66,50485437 -16,52343182
Tasks reviewed: Reopen Vote queue 74 609 89,16544656 35 117 76,97368421 -12,19176235
Tasks reviewed: Low Quality Posts queue 45 2700 98,36065574 63 674 91,45183175 -6,908823987
Tasks reviewed: Late Answer queue 15 58 79,45205479 21 38 64,40677966 -15,04527513
Tasks reviewed: First Post queue 128 815 86,42629905 66 396 85,71428571 -0,712013331
Tasks reviewed: Close Votes queue 49 1311 96,39705882 27 281 91,23376623 -5,16329259
Tags merged 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Revisions redacted 13 0 0 2 0 0 0
Questions reopened 26 38 59,375 9 3 25 -34,375
Questions protected 12 45 78,94736842 2 22 91,66666667 12,71929825
Questions migrated 4 1 20 3 0 0 -20
Questions flagged 34 385 91,88544153 12 188 94 2,114558473
Questions closed 366 274 42,8125 323 47 12,7027027 -30,1097973
Question flags handled 295 125 29,76190476 133 67 33,5 3,738095238
Posts unlocked 2 5 71,42857143 1 0 0 -71,42857143
Posts undeleted 28 31 52,54237288 11 19 63,33333333 10,79096045
Posts locked 5 92 94,84536082 0 71 100 5,154639175
Posts deleted 339 1083 76,16033755 253 637 71,57303371 -4,587303845
Posts bumped 0 2 100 0 18 100 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
Comments undeleted 71 0 0 19 0 0 0
Comments flagged 59 2624 97,80096906 40 400 90,90909091 -6,891878155
Comments deleted 5217 1047 16,71455939 1508 321 17,55057408 0,836014697
Comment flags handled 2304 379 14,12597838 406 34 7,727272727 -6,398705655
Answers flagged 416 1401 77,10511833 274 614 69,14414414 -7,960974183
Answer flags handled 725 1108 60,44735406 470 413 46,77236693 -13,67498713
All comments on a post moved to chat 3 0 0 5 0 0 0

If we look at the last column "point difference", we can see that a fair amount of numbers have a negative value. This means that, this year, the community did less (compare to the mods) than last year. And this is especially true for "question closed". Though, we (the community) did do better in some other areas.

I must say, I was afraid that, this year, the mods had to do a lot more work compare to the community. And yes, it is true that mods did do more than last year. If I do the sum of all the "point difference", I obtain -194.

However, I realize it could have been way worse and we, the community, aren't doing that bad after all.

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  • Could you just round those numbers? ;-) – Thomas Jan 27 at 6:16
  • @Thomas Feel free to edit to do that :) – Ael Jan 27 at 9:03
  • Looks like I can't: "Suggested edits are not allowed on non-tag-wiki posts on meta sites." :-( – Thomas Jan 27 at 11:28

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