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 Worldbuilding over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 174 0
Answer flags handled 564 184
Answers flagged 203 545
Bounties canceled 1 0
Comment flags handled 820 226
Comments deleted⁷ 4,401 3,210
Comments flagged 44 1,004
Comments undeleted 10 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0
Posts bumped 0 115
Posts deleted⁶ 397 1,303
Posts locked 5 117
Posts undeleted 54 79
Posts unlocked 1 5
Question flags handled⁵ 965 583
Questions closed 310 998
Questions flagged⁵ 372 1,261
Questions migrated 16 0
Questions protected 21 6
Questions reopened 18 72
Tag synonyms created 37 2
Tag synonyms proposed 36 0
Tags merged 57 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 6 5,761
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 446 721
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 633 392
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 111 103
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 111 486
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 344 854
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 337 616
User banned from review 1 0
Users contacted 60 0
Users deleted 31 0
Users destroyed³ 1,586 0
Users suspended² 23 19


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