As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year.

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 say goodbye to 2021, 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 Role-playing Games over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Users suspended² 4 20
Users destroyed³ 92 0
Users deleted 1 0
Users contacted 10 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue 106 1,751
Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue 6 1,398
Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue 8 2,148
Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue 3 706
Tasks reviewed⁴: First questions queue 6 175
Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue 8 1,294
Tasks reviewed⁴: First answers queue 6 294
Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue 10 3,279
Tags merged 7 0
Tag synonyms proposed 25 2
Tag synonyms created 31 0
Revisions redacted 11 0
Questions unprotected 2 7
Questions reopened 31 259
Questions protected 1 172
Questions migrated 5 2
Questions flagged⁵ 15 649
Questions closed 113 1,022
Question flags handled⁵ 265 369
Posts unlocked 0 1
Posts undeleted 30 164
Posts locked 4 145
Posts deleted⁶ 247 1,656
Posts bumped 0 54
Escalations to the Community Manager team 3 0
Comments undeleted 125 0
Comments flagged 13 3,685
Comments deleted⁷ 8,471 4,458
Comment flags handled 3,341 361
Bounties canceled 1 0
Answers flagged 53 2,423
Answer flags handled 810 1,664
All comments on a post moved to chat 82 0


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Role-playing Games 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:

Wishing everyone a happy 2022! ^_^

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not seeing "questions merged", am I right to assume we had zero? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 15:17
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ @ThomasMarkov I believe so, checking another source we didn't merge any questions this year. \$\endgroup\$
    – Someone_Evil Mod
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 15:19

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2020 vs. 2021 Comparison for RPG.se

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2017 stats

2018 stats

2019 stats

2020 Stats

SEDE Queries:

Total number of questions, answers per year

Comments per year

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    \$\begingroup\$ I find it ominous that we had half as many questions & answers as in 2018 or 2019. Do we think that's just because people aren't playing as much during quarantine, or is it a symptom of a larger problem? \$\endgroup\$
    – Oblivious Sage Mod
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 16:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage There was a notable decline in March 2020, and rates never recovered. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 16:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThomasMarkov If only there were an ancient adage about bewaring a particular event in March that we could have heeded. \$\endgroup\$
    – order
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 21:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ @order "Remember, remember, the fifth of March"? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 21:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, that sounds right. \$\endgroup\$
    – Oblivious Sage Mod
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 22:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage can you querry somehow the non-D&D5 question per time? I have the feeling that last year non-that-game questions came further interspaced. \$\endgroup\$
    – Trish
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 9:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Trish search “-[dnd-5e] created:20XX is:question” to get the non-5e questions asked in a year. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 9:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Trish This query should give you the number of questions each year that did not have the [dnd-5e] tag (hopefully; I'm only moderately proficient with SQL and haven't really played around with SEDE before now). ThomasMarkov, I believe Trish was interested in a SEDE query with counts rather than a search on the site itself. \$\endgroup\$
    – Oblivious Sage Mod
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 14:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage that looks good, but shows a steady decline of non-DnD 5 questions: from 3000 in 2017 to close to 2000 in 18 and 19 to 1600 in 20 and a mere 1100 in 2021. So the feeling that we have become increasingly 5e-centric wasn't wrong! \$\endgroup\$
    – Trish
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 15:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Trish Our total question count is declining as well, so you would need to look at non-5e per total questions. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 15:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Trish TM is correct, what you really want is to divide the non-5e numbers from that query with the total questions from this query to get the percentage of our questions that are 5e vs not-5e over time. \$\endgroup\$
    – Oblivious Sage Mod
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 15:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage in 2020, that looks like about 1 in 2 was non-DND5e, in 2021, 1 in 4 was not about dnd5e \$\endgroup\$
    – Trish
    Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 15:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Trish We have a post somewhere tacking those things, I'll look around. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 15:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Trish I'm showing a small increase in the proportion of non-5e question asked in 2021 compared to 2020. 2020 was 33.9% non-5e, 2021 was 35.2% non-5e. (But this maybe because of the advent of pf-2e, I'll do more digging). \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 14, 2022 at 15:49

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