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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 Signal Processing over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 3 6
Users destroyed³ 1 0
Users deleted 2 0
Users contacted 6 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 104 964
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 12 54
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 4 291
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 4 254
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 53 2,019
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 409 1,313
Tags merged 8 0
Tag synonyms proposed 4 1
Tag synonyms created 5 0
Revisions redacted 7 0
Questions reopened 12 0
Questions protected 0 3
Questions migrated 12 0
Questions flagged⁵ 7 114
Questions closed 381 84
Question flags handled⁵ 75 47
Posts unlocked 1 8
Posts undeleted 6 107
Posts locked 6 13
Posts deleted⁶ 126 1,545
Posts bumped 0 2,806
Comments undeleted 2 0
Comments flagged 0 116
Comments deleted⁷ 282 2,020
Comment flags handled 58 58
Answers flagged 1 286
Answer flags handled 209 78
All comments on a post moved to chat 13 0

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Signal Processing 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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  • $\begingroup$ How is "posts bumped" tallied? I've seen mods edit posts, which does bump, and bump count being not even twice the deletion count seems strange. $\endgroup$ Jan 28 at 5:21
  • $\begingroup$ I believe bumped here means bumped by the community user, such as in this post — will double check, though. $\endgroup$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jan 28 at 9:44

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