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 Information Security over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 12 0
Answer flags handled 760 398
Answers flagged 15 1,143
Bounties canceled 1 0
Comment flags handled 192 443
Comments deleted⁷ 1,782 1,460
Comments flagged 0 635
Comments undeleted 13 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0
Posts bumped 0 3,130
Posts deleted⁶ 667 2,535
Posts locked 7 452
Posts undeleted 11 55
Posts unlocked 1 63
Question flags handled⁵ 363 350
Questions closed 1,625 193
Questions flagged⁵ 49 671
Questions merged 2 0
Questions migrated 339 14
Questions protected 5 62
Questions reopened 30 2
Questions unprotected 0 8
Revisions redacted 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 233 860
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 29 894
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 72 2,280
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 38 407
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 25 318
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 49 35
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 292 1,380
Users contacted 10 0
Users deleted 1 0
Users destroyed³ 67 0
Users suspended² 9 40


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Information Security 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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