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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 Cross Validated over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 10 0
Answer flags handled 1,459 156
Answers flagged 139 1,475
Bounties canceled 15 0
Comment flags handled 1,472 251
Comments deleted⁷ 2,379 6,064
Comments flagged 1,057 666
Comments undeleted 57 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 16 0
Posts bumped 0 8,300
Posts deleted⁶ 1,170 14,772
Posts locked 48 252
Posts undeleted 87 406
Posts unlocked 3 34
Question flags handled⁵ 953 527
Questions closed 5,622 1,006
Questions flagged⁵ 258 1,344
Questions merged 30 0
Questions migrated 80 20
Questions protected 65 14
Questions reopened 299 41
Revisions redacted 4 0
Tag highlight language set 5 0
Tag synonyms created 26 0
Tag synonyms proposed 27 1
Tags merged 24 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 1,586 2,843
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 79 2,494
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 491 11,830
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 40 1,300
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 80 725
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 323 696
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 731 2,486
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
Users contacted 23 0
Users deleted 4 0
Users destroyed³ 1,337 0
Users suspended² 7 77

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Cross Validated 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! ^_^

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