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 English Language & Usage over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 7 35
Users destroyed³ 354 0
Users deleted 15 0
Users contacted 34 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 53 3,821
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 7 1,771
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 22 7,306
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 2 2,595
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 1 10,944
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 362 15,963
Tags merged 26 0
Tag synonyms proposed 35 1
Tag synonyms created 36 0
Revisions redacted 1 0
Questions unprotected 3 6
Questions reopened 70 39
Questions protected 171 178
Questions migrated 441 245
Questions merged 8 0
Questions flagged⁵ 54 2,571
Questions closed 2,482 4,052
Question flags handled⁵ 845 1,753
Posts unlocked 12 274
Posts undeleted 33 247
Posts locked 374 1,157
Posts deleted⁶ 1,925 7,380
Posts bumped 0 4,282
Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0
Comments undeleted 126 0
Comments flagged 60 2,208
Comments deleted⁷ 8,113 9,078
Comment flags handled 1,760 513
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 232 6,159
Answer flags handled 5,044 1,356
All comments on a post moved to chat 175 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of English Language & Usage 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!

  • 2
    Good job everybody! Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 9:15
  • 1
    "Wanna"? Really? On an English Language site? Let's hope no learners read this and follow suit. Commented Jan 26, 2021 at 23:41


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