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It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year.

As most of you here might be 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 ordinary people — people like you. Every bit of time and effort you 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 in ensuring Stack Exchange sites remain a valuable source of high-quality content on the web.

So as we say goodbye to 2023 (and January 2024… ahem) and move into 2024, 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 Community User¹ Community²
All comments on a post moved to chat 165 0 0
Answer flags handled 1,864 1,250 0
Answers flagged 253 761 2,093
Bounties canceled 0 0 0
Comment flags handled 995 123 24
Comments deleted⁸ 5,557 43 4,458
Comments flagged 63 14 1,053
Comments undeleted 135 0 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 17 0 0
Posts bumped 0 1,445 0
Posts deleted⁷ 904 2,729 1,057
Posts locked 174 858 0
Posts undeleted 35 2 122
Posts unlocked 22 237 0
Question flags handled⁶ 511 1,273 0
Questions closed 616 3,651 78
Questions flagged⁶ 77 138 1,911
Questions merged 13 0 0
Questions migrated 109 362 0
Questions protected 96 104 11
Questions reopened 77 400 5
Questions unprotected 0 0 3
Revisions redacted 3 0 0
Tag highlight language set 0 0 0
Tag synonyms created 20 0 0
Tag synonyms proposed 17 0 3
Tags merged 18 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Close votes" queue 4 0 8,731
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First answers" queue 10 0 3,040
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First questions" queue 1 0 3,596
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Late answers" queue 39 0 1,649
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Low quality posts" queue 150 0 4,802
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Reopen votes" queue 18 0 2,018
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Suggested edits" queue 23 81 1,427
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Triage" queue 0 0 0
User banned from review 0 0 0
User review-bans lifted early 0 0 0
User suspensions lifted early 3 0 0
Users contacted 36 0 0
Users deleted 0 0 0
Users destroyed⁴ 164 0 0
Users suspended³ 29 111 0

Footnotes

¹ This refers to the automated systems otherwise known as user #-1.

² This refers to the membership of English Language & Usage without diamonds next to their names.

³ 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.

⁴ 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.

⁵ 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.

⁶ Includes close flags (but not close or reopen votes). The community² can handle these flags by at least one person voting to close a question that has a close flag.

⁷ This ignores numerous deletions that happen automatically in response to some other action.

⁸ This includes comments deleted by their own authors (which also account for some number of handled comment flags).

Further reading:

Wishing everyone a happy 2024! ^_^

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  • I wonder what these stats would be like if we didn't have KillingTime... Jan 26 at 16:37

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