2023: a year in moderation

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It’s that clip of nan twelvemonth again! As we activity goodbye to past twelvemonth and invited nan caller one, we person a contented of sharing moderation stats for nan preceding almanac year.

As astir of you present mightiness beryllium aware, sites connected nan Stack Exchange web are moderated somewhat otherwise to different sites connected nan web:

We designed nan Stack Exchange web motor to beryllium mostly self-regulating, successful that we amortize nan wide moderation costs of nan strategy crossed thousands of teeny-tiny slices of effort contributed by regular, mundane users.
-- A Theory of Moderation

That doesn't destruct nan request for having moderators altogether, but it does mean that nan bulk of moderation activity is carried retired by regular folks — folks for illustration you. Every spot of clip and effort y'all lend to nan tract gives you entree to much privileges you tin usage to thief successful this effort, each of which nutrient a cumulative effect that makes a large quality successful ensuring Stack Exchange sites stay a valuable root of high-quality contented connected nan web.

So arsenic we opportunity goodbye to 2023 (and January 2024… ahem) and move into 2024, fto america look backmost astatine what we accomplished arsenic a community... by looking astatine immoderate exciting stats. Below is simply a breakdown of moderation actions performed connected Stack Apps complete nan past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community User¹ Community²
All comments connected a station moved to chat 0 0 0
Answer flags handled 129 731 0
Answers flagged 12 84 763
Bounties canceled 0 0 0
Comment flags handled 222 255 7
Comments deleted⁸ 256 1,200 31
Comments flagged 48 0 436
Comments undeleted 14 0 0
Escalations to nan Community Manager team 1 0 0
Posts bumped 0 26 0
Posts deleted⁷ 50 579 26
Posts locked 0 449 0
Posts undeleted 4 0 2
Posts unlocked 0 0 0
Question flags handled⁶ 261 1,077 7
Questions closed 63 0 0
Questions flagged⁶ 80 1 1,261
Questions merged 0 0 0
Questions migrated 1 0 0
Questions protected 0 33 0
Questions reopened 2 0 0
Questions unprotected 0 0 0
Revisions redacted 3 0 0
Tag item connection set 2 0 0
Tag synonyms created 1 0 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 0 0
Tags merged 1 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Close votes" queue 9 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First answers" queue 22 0 8
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First questions" queue 77 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Late answers" queue 6 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Low value posts" queue 15 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Reopen votes" queue 1 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Suggested edits" queue 56 13 10
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Triage" queue 0 0 0
User banned from review 0 0 0
User review-bans lifted early 0 0 0
User suspensions lifted early 1 0 0
Users contacted 8 0 0
Users deleted 0 0 0
Users destroyed⁴ 3,655 0 0
Users suspended³ 6 86 0

Footnotes

¹ This refers to nan automated systems different known arsenic user #-1.

² This refers to the rank of Stack Apps without diamonds adjacent to their names.

³ The strategy will suspend users nether 3 circumstances: erstwhile a personification is recreated aft being antecedently suspended, erstwhile a personification is recreated aft being destroyed for spam aliases abuse, and erstwhile a network-wide suspension is successful effect connected an account.

⁴ A "destroyed" personification is deleted on pinch each that they had posted: questions, answers, comments. Generally utilized arsenic an expedient measurement of getting free of spam.

⁵ This counts each reappraisal that was submitted (not skipped) - truthful nan 2 suggested edits reviews needed to o.k. an edit would count arsenic 2, nan extremity being to bespeak nan wave of moderation actions. This besides applies to flags, etc.

⁶ Includes adjacent flags (but not adjacent aliases reopen votes). The community² tin grip these flags by astatine slightest 1 personification voting to adjacent a mobility that has a adjacent flag.

⁷ This ignores galore deletions that hap automatically successful consequence to immoderate different action.

⁸ This includes comments deleted by their ain authors (which besides relationship for immoderate number of handled remark flags).

Further reading:

  • Wanna spot really these numbers person changed complete time? We posted a akin study present past year: 2022: a twelvemonth successful moderation

  • You tin besides cheque retired this study connected different sites

  • Or peruse detailed accusation connected nan number of questions closed and reopened crossed each sites

Wishing everyone a happy 2024! ^_^

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