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 Stellar over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 0 2
Users destroyed³ 3 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 30 6
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 8 16
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 9 6
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 79 109
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 7 8
Questions reopened 1 0
Questions protected 0 6
Questions flagged⁵ 0 29
Questions closed 22 0
Question flags handled⁵ 19 10
Posts undeleted 0 2
Posts locked 0 3
Posts deleted⁶ 52 112
Posts bumped 0 253
Comments flagged 18 3
Comments deleted⁷ 20 14
Comment flags handled 19 2
Answers flagged 18 63
Answer flags handled 76 5


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

  • Somewhat disappointing that this post is only the second since the 2019 version on this meta site.
    – Chenmunka Mod
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 10:20
  • We post these once a year, so I dunno that I understand what you mean, @Chenmunka?
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 10:51
  • It is just a comment that Stellar Meta has had only two posts in the whole of 2020, Shog's 2019 version of The Year In Moderation and one of mine in December. We are not the most active meta site! I wasn't having a go at you or the team - just a lament on the meta activity.
    – Chenmunka Mod
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 11:08
  • Ah, got it — guess I misread your comment as "this post is only the second of its kind since the 2019 version..." which got me confused ^_^
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 11:11


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