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 Electrical Engineering over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 109 0
Answer flags handled 2,983 273
Answers flagged 721 2,534
Comment flags handled 3,251 563
Comments deleted⁷ 6,928 9,395
Comments flagged 1,662 2,152
Comments undeleted 172 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 9 0
Posts bumped 0 8,311
Posts deleted⁶ 1,543 7,354
Posts locked 92 401
Posts undeleted 119 375
Posts unlocked 63 28
Question flags handled⁵ 1,108 559
Questions closed 951 3,632
Questions flagged⁵ 338 1,415
Questions merged 5 0
Questions migrated 126 5
Questions protected 30 57
Questions reopened 216 18
Questions unprotected 0 1
Tag highlight language set 1 0
Tag synonyms created 13 0
Tag synonyms proposed 12 1
Tags merged 20 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 742 8,418
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 244 2,444
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 511 7,641
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 422 774
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 253 376
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 366 446
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 503 1,896
User suspensions lifted early 1 0
Users contacted 111 0
Users deleted 14 0
Users destroyed³ 28 0
Users suspended² 76 57


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Electrical 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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Wow -- that's close to 24K moderation actions. A giant thank you to our moderation team!!


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