The moderation results for 2019 has just been published here.
Let's compare the overall results, with the results from last year:
+ Users suspended² (+11) + Users destroyed (+624) + Users deleted (+54) - Users contacted (-3) - Tasks reviewed⁴: Suggested Edit queue (-1534) - Tasks reviewed⁴: Reopen Vote queue (-172) - Tasks reviewed⁴: Low Quality Posts queue (-237) - Tasks reviewed⁴: Late Answer queue (-366) - Tasks reviewed⁴: First Post queue (-794) + Tasks reviewed⁴: Close Votes queue (+1236) - Tags merged (-84) - Revisions redacted (-13) - Questions reopened (-45) - Questions protected (-5) - Questions merged (-4) - Questions flagged⁵ (-7559) - Questions closed (-112) - Question flags handled⁵ (-7559) + Posts unlocked (+3) - Posts undeleted (-47) - Posts locked (-1322) - Posts deleted⁶ (-1762) - Posts bumped (-114) + Escalations to the Community Manager team (+14) + Comments undeleted (+2) + Comments flagged (+1574) + Comments deleted⁷ (+599) + Comment flags handled (+1574) + Bounties canceled (+4) - Answers flagged (-522) - Answer flags handled (-522) - All comments on a post moved to chat (-18)
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).
Ok, so what can we conclude from these results?
- There has been less activity than last year (in general).
- A lot more users have been (suspended/destroyed/deleted).
- There has been a lot more closed posts and comments.
Is this fine, or should we be concerned about it?
NB: The results have been calculated based on the sum of the Moderator and Community results.
UPDATE: I posted a question on meta here, Get overall activity difference between two years. The answer from @Glorfindel, describes how to get the data from SEDE.