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 Super User over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 39 0
Answer flags handled 8,588 1,576
Answers flagged 817 9,347
Bounties canceled 1 0
Comment flags handled 3,187 907
Comments deleted⁷ 4,929 8,727
Comments flagged 117 3,976
Comments undeleted 43 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0
Posts bumped 0 16,520
Posts deleted⁶ 3,805 19,294
Posts locked 7 3,317
Posts undeleted 56 390
Posts unlocked 9 182
Question flags handled⁵ 4,203 6,442
Questions closed 4,408 815
Questions flagged⁵ 880 9,967
Questions merged 2 0
Questions migrated 649 21
Questions protected 45 663
Questions reopened 106 34
Questions unprotected 1 1
Revisions redacted 2 0
Tag highlight language set 9 0
Tag synonyms created 2 0
Tag synonyms proposed 2 2
Tags merged 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 185 9,760
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 19 13,827
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 19 19,012
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 8 7,228
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 41 4,497
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 46 1,623
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 555 10,542
User banned from review 9 7
Users contacted 48 0
Users deleted 32 0
Users destroyed³ 5,346 0
Users suspended² 35 464


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Super User 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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