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 Geographic Information Systems over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 1 8
Users destroyed³ 13 0
Users deleted 1 0
Users contacted 11 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 110 4,608
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 86 2,444
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 36 4,276
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 14 1,911
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 119 9,052
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 472 10,783
Tags merged 18 0
Tag synonyms proposed 19 3
Tag synonyms created 20 0
Tag highlight language set 4 0
Revisions redacted 1 0
Questions unprotected 1 0
Questions reopened 210 127
Questions protected 27 29
Questions migrated 23 0
Questions merged 16 0
Questions flagged⁵ 9 533
Questions closed 1,968 2,122
Question flags handled⁵ 190 352
Posts unlocked 1 1
Posts undeleted 70 270
Posts locked 23 70
Posts deleted⁶ 1,603 6,779
Posts bumped 0 8,487
Comments undeleted 12 0
Comments flagged 34 262
Comments deleted⁷ 3,019 5,331
Comment flags handled 223 73
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 27 3,220
Answer flags handled 2,648 599
All comments on a post moved to chat 7 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Geographic Information Systems 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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Great, thanks a lot for these interesting numbers!

This is a SE site about Geographic information systems. It would be interesting to have some statistics about where contributions were posted from (based on IP address). A map visualizing the posts on GIS SE would be very nice. Where are questions coming from, where are answers coming from?

Imagine that this even could be a goody this community offers to other SE sites for their statistics - to rise the awareness of this site in the SE universe.

Some kind of temporal statistics would also be interesting. When was the community active: daytimes, weekdays, months, seasons? How did it change? Does my anecdotal evidence about the intensity of activities correspond the the numbers?

The reputation leagues give some hints, but a more detailed insight would be great if there is someone willing and able to provide that.

  • The SEDE doesn't make PII such as IP addresses available, so mapping by IP is unlikely to be possible. It would be nice if we could get even generalized location (if not IP address) so it could be mapped.
    – Midavalo Mod
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 4:08
  • There is an access to site statistics privilege at a reputation of 25,000 which lets you view temporal patterns.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 4:37
  • 1
    Aside from possible privacy implications for sharing that data publicly, even if anonymized, I don't think we'll have the time to provide such a report unfortunately.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 11:00
  • 1
    I thought more of aggregated data like: which are the most active countries, hours of the day or days of the week? But of course it depends on someone who has the privilege to access the statistics having the time to do it. Maybe one day...?
    – Babel
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 11:04

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