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 Ask Different over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 16 0
Answer flags handled 1,486 97
Answers flagged 148 1,432
Bounties canceled 2 0
Comment flags handled 555 2,034
Comments deleted⁷ 2,953 3,549
Comments flagged 113 2,476
Comments undeleted 42 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 3 0
Posts bumped 0 6,081
Posts deleted⁶ 971 3,667
Posts locked 35 207
Posts undeleted 24 96
Posts unlocked 5 23
Question flags handled⁵ 608 135
Questions closed 1,285 71
Questions flagged⁵ 205 560
Questions merged 5 0
Questions migrated 17 0
Questions protected 41 72
Questions reopened 127 5
Questions unprotected 7 0
Revisions redacted 12 0
Tag highlight language set 5 0
Tag synonyms created 3 0
Tag synonyms proposed 3 0
Tags merged 183 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 563 177
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 894 2,313
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 778 3,367
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 145 1,414
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 216 347
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 143 100
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 1,044 2,035
User banned from review 1 0
Users contacted 13 0
Users destroyed³ 36 0
Users suspended² 5 39


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Ask Different 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).

Further reading:

Wishing everyone a happy 2023! ^_^

  • Ugn footnote 1 makes the Community figures meaningless
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Jan 27, 2023 at 17:01


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