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It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year.

As most of you here might be 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 — folks like you. 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 in ensuring Stack Exchange sites remain a valuable source of high-quality content on the web.

So as we say goodbye to 2023 (and January 2024… ahem) and move into 2024, 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 Code Review over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community User¹ Community²
All comments on a post moved to chat 4 0 0
Answer flags handled 360 59 0
Answers flagged 56 82 257
Bounties canceled 1 0 0
Comment flags handled 526 669 3
Comments deleted⁸ 2,241 5 1,815
Comments flagged 261 7 825
Comments undeleted 27 0 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0 0
Posts bumped 0 498 0
Posts deleted⁷ 214 1,716 720
Posts locked 15 79 0
Posts undeleted 12 0 86
Posts unlocked 7 9 0
Question flags handled⁶ 268 222 6
Questions closed 341 515 0
Questions flagged⁶ 80 80 327
Questions merged 2 0 0
Questions migrated 5 2 0
Questions protected 55 6 0
Questions reopened 32 7 0
Questions unprotected 0 0 0
Revisions redacted 32 0 0
Tag highlight language set 0 0 0
Tag synonyms created 2 0 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 0 0
Tags merged 1 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Close votes" queue 62 0 787
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First answers" queue 156 0 387
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First questions" queue 421 0 1,054
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Late answers" queue 5 0 180
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Low quality posts" queue 17 0 208
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Reopen votes" queue 38 0 76
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Suggested edits" queue 74 61 746
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 2 0 0
Users contacted 27 0 0
Users deleted 0 0 0
Users destroyed⁴ 895 0 0
Users suspended³ 23 66 0

Footnotes

¹ This refers to the automated systems otherwise known as user #-1.

² This refers to the membership of Code Review without diamonds next to their names.

³ 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.

⁴ 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.

⁵ 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.

⁶ Includes close flags (but not close or reopen votes). The community² can handle these flags by at least one person voting to close a question that has a close flag.

⁷ This ignores numerous deletions that happen automatically in response to some other action.

⁸ This includes comments deleted by their own authors (which also account for some number of handled comment flags).

Further reading:

Wishing everyone a happy 2024! ^_^

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