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 Physics over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 74 31
Users destroyed³ 88 0
Users deleted 105 0
Users contacted 122 0
User suspensions lifted early 2 0
User banned from review 3 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 633 12,029
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 337 4,154
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 76 6,543
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 25 2,056
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 0 13,391
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 87 28,278
Tags merged 67 0
Tag synonyms proposed 48 4
Tag synonyms created 49 1
Questions unprotected 1 0
Questions reopened 134 70
Questions protected 33 69
Questions migrated 117 75
Questions merged 4 0
Questions flagged⁵ 23 5,632
Questions closed 4,764 7,009
Question flags handled⁵ 1,745 3,911
Posts unlocked 5 42
Posts undeleted 126 1,153
Posts locked 11 344
Posts deleted⁶ 1,708 16,397
Posts bumped 0 8,577
Escalations to the Community Manager team 5 0
Comments undeleted 900 0
Comments flagged 14 3,301
Comments deleted⁷ 17,773 15,840
Comment flags handled 2,856 457
Bounties canceled 24 0
Answers flagged 61 4,336
Answer flags handled 3,202 1,185
All comments on a post moved to chat 276 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Physics 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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    $\begingroup$ oooooh, this year in a TABLE $\endgroup$
    – rob Mod
    Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 17:49


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