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 Hinduism over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 4 5
Users destroyed³ 1 0
Users deleted 3 0
Users contacted 6 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 25 596
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 0 160
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 2 578
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 1 205
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 5 594
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 24 2,037
Tags merged 1 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 1
Tag synonyms created 1 0
Revisions redacted 3 0
Questions unprotected 0 2
Questions reopened 7 5
Questions protected 0 71
Questions migrated 1 0
Questions merged 3 0
Questions flagged⁵ 10 299
Questions closed 111 388
Question flags handled⁵ 202 100
Posts unlocked 1 2
Posts undeleted 10 56
Posts locked 4 47
Posts deleted⁶ 296 632
Posts bumped 0 460
Comments undeleted 38 0
Comments flagged 9 481
Comments deleted⁷ 1,337 1,361
Comment flags handled 402 67
Bounties canceled 3 0
Answers flagged 28 1,104
Answer flags handled 916 187
All comments on a post moved to chat 23 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Hinduism 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!

  • 1
    The table format looks nice! :)
    – Pandya Mod
    Jan 20, 2021 at 1:39
  • 1
    So, total users suspended are 9? Also, the community suspended users are actually suspended by "community" user?
    – Mr_Green
    Jan 20, 2021 at 3:17
  • Happy new year JNat! :-) I wasn't knowing that we could insert a table in SE Posts. Thanks for that.
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Jan 20, 2021 at 3:21
  • 1
    @TheLittleNaruto I used tables here before. Nobody noticed :(
    – Mr_Green
    Jan 20, 2021 at 3:49
  • 2
    @Mr_Green please forgive me for my ignorance. +1for the edit. ;-)
    – TheLittleNaruto Mod
    Jan 20, 2021 at 4:03
  • 1
    See footnote 2, @Mr_Green
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jan 20, 2021 at 11:10


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