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 Chess over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 3 0
Answer flags handled 168 8
Answers flagged 28 148
Comment flags handled 308 60
Comments deleted⁷ 1,341 426
Comments flagged 116 252
Comments undeleted 5 0
Posts bumped 0 28
Posts deleted⁶ 108 212
Posts locked 0 10
Posts undeleted 9 20
Posts unlocked 0 1
Question flags handled⁵ 48 22
Questions closed 125 17
Questions flagged⁵ 20 61
Questions migrated 2 0
Questions protected 2 15
Questions reopened 21 5
Questions unprotected 0 1
Tag synonyms proposed 1 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 182 274
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 184 82
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 187 55
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 71 51
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 72 51
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 40 46
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 184 163
Users contacted 3 0
Users deleted 1 0
Users destroyed³ 3 0
Users suspended² 2 22


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Chess 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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