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 English Language Learners over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 47 0
Answer flags handled 694 138
Answers flagged 120 711
Comment flags handled 1,536 561
Comments deleted⁷ 2,001 3,825
Comments flagged 762 1,334
Comments undeleted 93 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 3 0
Posts bumped 0 8,270
Posts deleted⁶ 405 2,953
Posts locked 2 246
Posts undeleted 29 112
Posts unlocked 2 0
Question flags handled⁵ 270 464
Questions closed 812 1,290
Questions flagged⁵ 50 721
Questions merged 6 0
Questions migrated 15 5
Questions protected 0 23
Questions reopened 62 3
Questions unprotected 0 1
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 327 6,863
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 126 880
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 197 1,623
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 40 272
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 159 754
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 59 189
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 264 1,719
Users contacted 52 0
Users deleted 18 0
Users destroyed³ 44 0
Users suspended² 37 55


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of English Language Learners 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! ^_^

  • I repeat the exact comment I left last year: "+1 And I have a feeling some of the things in the "Community" column were 100% the bots, and others were 100% the human community, so mixing them together muddles the data. There's three distinct groups who do moderation, so this data would be more meaningful if it were split into three columns."
    – gotube Mod
    Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 22:45
  • We did make some tweaks to the script that generates these; so either I missed your comment from last year, or it isn't possible — I'll make a note to look into it next time. But my gut feeling is that separating both is not feasible without a lot more work because, for instance, a post closed by the community will be attributed to the community bot, but undertaken by the community itself.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 27, 2023 at 11:07


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