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 Academia over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 146 0
Answer flags handled 754 199
Answers flagged 122 831
Comment flags handled 785 101
Comments deleted⁷ 6,074 1,735
Comments flagged 76 811
Comments undeleted 186 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 15 0
Posts bumped 0 250
Posts deleted⁶ 316 1,658
Posts locked 7 286
Posts undeleted 14 58
Posts unlocked 3 4
Question flags handled⁵ 583 1,001
Questions closed 573 815
Questions flagged⁵ 75 1,551
Questions merged 3 0
Questions migrated 10 2
Questions protected 41 29
Questions reopened 26 20
Questions unprotected 0 8
Revisions redacted 2 0
Tag synonyms created 5 0
Tag synonyms proposed 5 1
Tags merged 3 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 14 3,254
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 0 868
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 1 1,515
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 0 179
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 1 285
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 1 496
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 74 1,404
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
Users contacted 58 0
Users deleted 11 0
Users destroyed³ 167 0
Users suspended² 35 102


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

  • Thanks for the info. Interesting that the number of flags (both answer and comment) has decreased by a factor of 2 since 2020, and a factor of 3 since 2018.
    – cag51 Mod
    Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 17:56
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    @cag51: I wonder whether this is related to certain people who committed shenanigans with automated flags being banned. Also, requiring registration reduces spam and thus the need for flags …
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 18:02


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