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 Software Recommendations over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Answer flags handled 305 185
Answers flagged 9 481
Comment flags handled 165 1,054
Comments deleted⁷ 209 981
Comments flagged 1 1,218
Posts bumped 0 4,033
Posts deleted⁶ 163 1,317
Posts locked 0 50
Posts undeleted 5 15
Posts unlocked 1 1
Question flags handled⁵ 88 136
Questions closed 151 0
Questions flagged⁵ 5 220
Questions migrated 5 0
Questions protected 0 15
Questions reopened 7 0
Tag synonyms created 2 0
Tag synonyms proposed 2 0
Tags merged 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 8 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 18 439
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 23 1,062
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 51 186
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 19 49
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 6 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 160 116
Users contacted 6 0
Users deleted 2 0
Users destroyed³ 23 0
Users suspended² 1 24


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Software Recommendations 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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