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 & Usage over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 99 0
Answer flags handled 1,921 766
Answers flagged 228 2,460
Comment flags handled 1,209 463
Comments deleted⁷ 5,842 5,036
Comments flagged 58 1,614
Comments undeleted 183 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 5 0
Posts bumped 0 2,137
Posts deleted⁶ 1,370 5,380
Posts locked 216 1,068
Posts undeleted 59 146
Posts unlocked 19 328
Question flags handled⁵ 448 1,243
Questions closed 1,317 4,158
Questions flagged⁵ 50 1,901
Questions merged 7 0
Questions migrated 366 405
Questions protected 129 111
Questions reopened 159 336
Questions unprotected 0 7
Revisions redacted 3 0
Tag synonyms created 26 0
Tag synonyms proposed 24 2
Tags merged 12 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 10 8,088
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 3 2,979
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 1 5,263
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 2 1,581
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 31 3,630
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 19 1,553
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 56 1,525
User banned from review 1 0
Users contacted 44 0
Users deleted 26 0
Users destroyed³ 875 0
Users suspended² 34 67


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of English Language & Usage 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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Happy 2023!

I can see there are about 1000 fewer post bumps this year. Would that imply that more posts have been answered now?

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