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 Politics over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 89 0
Answer flags handled 481 351
Answers flagged 40 790
Bounties canceled 1 0
Comment flags handled 2,334 239
Comments deleted⁷ 10,682 2,833
Comments flagged 216 2,358
Comments undeleted 289 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 10 0
Posts bumped 0 72
Posts deleted⁶ 168 1,043
Posts locked 15 65
Posts undeleted 29 76
Posts unlocked 8 9
Question flags handled⁵ 426 1,002
Questions closed 248 586
Questions flagged⁵ 38 1,510
Questions migrated 23 0
Questions protected 371 26
Questions reopened 21 126
Questions unprotected 2 5
Tag synonyms created 19 0
Tag synonyms proposed 17 1
Tags merged 6 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 38 3,366
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 8 406
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 3 337
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 0 67
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 21 965
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 18 1,518
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 144 841
User banned from review 1 0
User suspensions lifted early 2 0
Users contacted 98 0
Users deleted 6 0
Users destroyed³ 213 0
Users suspended² 58 36


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Politics 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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