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 2022 (and where did January go, right?) and dive head first into 2023, 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 Meta Stack Exchange over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 3 0
Answer flags handled 1,377 972
Answers flagged 212 2,139
Comment flags handled 3,536 2,586
Comments deleted⁷ 5,846 5,038
Comments flagged 1,246 4,876
Comments undeleted 123 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 20 0
Posts bumped 0 37
Posts deleted⁶ 2,849 3,484
Posts locked 38 1,406
Posts undeleted 48 138
Posts unlocked 14 20
Question flags handled⁵ 3,369 6,912
Questions closed 2,466 2,120
Questions flagged⁵ 661 9,665
Questions merged 3 0
Questions migrated 58 0
Questions protected 4 87
Questions reopened 51 80
Questions unprotected 2 2
Revisions redacted 20 0
Tag synonyms created 134 0
Tag synonyms proposed 152 0
Tags merged 43 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 225 3,795
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 96 593
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 25 514
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 68 1,445
User suspensions lifted early 6 0
Users contacted 149 0
Users deleted 10 0
Users destroyed³ 4,130 0
Users suspended² 115 386


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Meta Stack Exchange 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). Community can handle these flags by at least one person voting to close a question that has a close flag.

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).

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Wishing everyone a happy 2023! ^_^



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