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 Law over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 192 0
Answer flags handled 870 424
Answers flagged 11 1,283
Bounties canceled 1 0
Comment flags handled 1,728 337
Comments deleted⁷ 4,734 2,552
Comments flagged 6 2,059
Comments undeleted 64 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 7 0
Posts bumped 0 494
Posts deleted⁶ 349 1,107
Posts locked 12 118
Posts undeleted 10 52
Posts unlocked 2 20
Question flags handled⁵ 534 320
Questions closed 224 332
Questions flagged⁵ 41 855
Questions migrated 30 1
Questions protected 4 17
Questions reopened 38 11
Questions unprotected 0 2
Revisions redacted 18 0
Tag synonyms created 12 0
Tag synonyms proposed 10 2
Tags merged 12 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 0 2,596
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 16 654
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 0 1,625
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 94 138
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 184 339
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 59 198
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 9 1,670
User suspensions lifted early 2 0
Users contacted 34 0
Users deleted 5 0
Users destroyed³ 61 0
Users suspended² 18 37


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Law 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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Users destroyed³ / 61 / 0

A considerable amount of these was caused by a single troll. Following my count, at least 25 accounts had been used in this behavior and destroyed before this apology came around and ended it. That makes about 40% or more!

I want to thank once more the helpful people from the smoke detector team who assisted us to get the retention time of the bad questions from hours to minutes and distribute the load of flagging, as well as the mods who had the patience to swing the nuclear banhammer.

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