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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 Electrical Engineering over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community User¹ Community²
All comments on a post moved to chat 92 0 0
Answer flags handled 3,301 302 0
Answers flagged 1,017 735 1,838
Bounties canceled 2 0 0
Comment flags handled 2,358 760 18
Comments deleted⁸ 5,625 6 8,819
Comments flagged 1,249 11 1,874
Comments undeleted 134 0 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 25 0 0
Posts bumped 0 8,211 0
Posts deleted⁷ 1,771 4,125 2,795
Posts locked 103 369 0
Posts undeleted 102 0 393
Posts unlocked 68 53 0
Question flags handled⁶ 1,145 573 15
Questions closed 1,394 3,551 31
Questions flagged⁶ 418 182 1,172
Questions merged 4 0 0
Questions migrated 65 10 0
Questions protected 19 72 0
Questions reopened 232 37 1
Questions unprotected 0 0 0
Revisions redacted 16 0 0
Tag highlight language set 0 0 0
Tag synonyms created 10 0 0
Tag synonyms proposed 10 0 3
Tags merged 14 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Close votes" queue 1,217 0 6,302
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First answers" queue 529 0 2,463
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First questions" queue 1,534 0 7,479
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Late answers" queue 284 0 1,142
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Low quality posts" queue 248 0 717
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Reopen votes" queue 414 0 378
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Suggested edits" queue 641 223 2,099
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 110 0 0
Users deleted 12 0 0
Users destroyed⁴ 64 0 0
Users suspended³ 84 68 0

Footnotes

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

² This refers to the membership of Electrical Engineering 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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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, always great to see this. \$\endgroup\$
    – Voltage Spike Mod
    Jan 24 at 19:43

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