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 Arqade over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 3 0
Answer flags handled 837 321
Answers flagged 84 1,072
Bounties canceled 2 0
Comment flags handled 287 307
Comments deleted⁷ 884 806
Comments flagged 3 591
Comments undeleted 13 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0
Posts bumped 0 2,029
Posts deleted⁶ 417 1,506
Posts locked 16 139
Posts undeleted 4 31
Posts unlocked 5 2
Question flags handled⁵ 266 477
Questions closed 638 400
Questions flagged⁵ 40 715
Questions merged 18 0
Questions migrated 8 0
Questions protected 1 36
Questions reopened 20 9
Revisions redacted 2 0
Tag synonyms created 22 0
Tag synonyms proposed 21 2
Tags merged 17 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 562 3,306
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 36 1,095
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 22 1,419
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 10 650
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 48 783
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 26 139
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 219 1,505
User banned from review 2 0
Users contacted 5 0
Users deleted 7 0
Users destroyed³ 130 0
Users suspended² 4 42


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Arqade 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).

Further reading:

Wishing everyone a happy 2023! ^_^

  • If A moderator votes to close a question as the final (fifth) voter, does the count as a "Moderator" action, or "Community"?
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Jan 26, 2023 at 15:07
  • 1
    I believe it counts as a moderator action, but lemme double check.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jan 26, 2023 at 15:32
  • 4
    Confirmed with a dev: it's a moderator action.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jan 26, 2023 at 17:40
  • Might explain why that number is high. I often go through the VTC queue and cast a vote as the last person.
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Jan 26, 2023 at 18:04


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