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 Emacs over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 0 3
Users destroyed³ 5 0
Users contacted 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 9 845
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 0 7
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 0 235
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 0 323
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 0 1,235
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 0 421
Tags merged 1 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 0
Tag synonyms created 1 0
Questions reopened 0 2
Questions protected 0 1
Questions migrated 2 0
Questions merged 3 0
Questions flagged⁵ 0 38
Questions closed 22 38
Question flags handled⁵ 19 20
Posts undeleted 0 52
Posts locked 1 5
Posts deleted⁶ 83 798
Posts bumped 0 2,337
Comments flagged 0 45
Comments deleted⁷ 67 1,009
Comment flags handled 29 16
Answers flagged 5 186
Answer flags handled 128 63
All comments on a post moved to chat 1 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Emacs 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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Question: is this good or bad?

Are there tasks outstanding that we (mods + community) have been unable to accomplish?

Is the balance between mod action and community action appropriate? Is it a problem that most actions are taken by the community, or does that reflect a problem with a lack of moderation by mods?

I think we have one mod, so I don't mean to suggest that that individual isn't doing enough. On the contrary, it seems like we're doing fine with one moderator. I'm really wondering if there's a problem if we don't secure a second (or third) mod in the current election. From the looks of your chart, we're pretty much self-regulating.


FYI, here are the top 12 activities over the past three years. Hard to interpret without some sense of total activity (number of questions/answers/comments etc), but maybe more convenient than comparing tables on different pages.

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    Our standard across the network is to have a minimum of 3 mods per-site, hence the election. Obviously, self-regulation is great and we're not trying to take away from that, but having a single person with the ability of taking binding actions without having anyone to discuss them with is... not ideal — in fact, some mod features are not only not available to the rest of the community, but also require a minimum of two mods to use.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Apr 21, 2021 at 9:12

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