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 3D Printing over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 1 6
Users destroyed³ 35 0
Users contacted 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 100 101
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 9 4
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 42 18
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 110 68
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 522 318
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 123 52
Tags merged 9 0
Tag synonyms proposed 4 0
Tag synonyms created 4 0
Questions unprotected 0 1
Questions reopened 13 0
Questions protected 4 11
Questions migrated 14 0
Questions flagged⁵ 21 267
Questions closed 136 8
Question flags handled⁵ 122 166
Posts unlocked 1 3
Posts undeleted 19 9
Posts locked 2 90
Posts deleted⁶ 199 228
Posts bumped 0 280
Comments undeleted 30 0
Comments flagged 305 54
Comments deleted⁷ 641 190
Comment flags handled 353 6
Answers flagged 68 276
Answer flags handled 305 39
All comments on a post moved to chat 1 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of 3D Printing 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!

  • $\begingroup$ Whilst not wishing to sound ungrateful for the great work that Shog9 and Brian have put into this, it would be nice to see the past years' results in the same table, side by side. I don't know if that would make the table unwieldy after 5 or 10 years though, unless it was made scrollable horizontally. It would just show progress (if any) a lot better, rather than one year in isolation, and then having to open the past year's results in another tab and then having to flick between the two (or more tabs - if more historical progress is to be seen). Does that make sense? $\endgroup$
    – Greenonline Mod
    Commented Sep 24, 2021 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ It makes sense, yeah, @Greenonline — I'll see if there's anything we can do about it for next year, but can't promise anything. $\endgroup$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Sep 24, 2021 at 15:53


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