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 Software Engineering over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
Answer flags handled 181 110
Answers flagged 17 273
Comment flags handled 808 314
Comments deleted⁷ 1,204 1,191
Comments flagged 0 1,121
Comments undeleted 1 0
Posts bumped 0 1,026
Posts deleted⁶ 445 2,251
Posts locked 3 72
Posts undeleted 0 50
Posts unlocked 0 5
Question flags handled⁵ 509 668
Questions closed 147 1,753
Questions flagged⁵ 14 1,297
Questions migrated 4 6
Questions protected 5 127
Questions reopened 16 40
Questions unprotected 0 2
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 0 607
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 0 338
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 0 633
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 0 124
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 0 53
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 3 269
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 9 894
Users contacted 3 0
Users destroyed³ 23 0
Users suspended² 1 43


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Software Engineering 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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