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 Astronomy over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 8 0
Answer flags handled 221 55
Answers flagged 2 274
Comment flags handled 111 54
Comments deleted⁷ 304 917
Comments flagged 1 164
Comments undeleted 2 0
Posts bumped 0 94
Posts deleted⁶ 134 414
Posts locked 0 32
Posts undeleted 7 45
Posts unlocked 0 3
Question flags handled⁵ 44 161
Questions closed 55 219
Questions flagged⁵ 1 214
Questions migrated 13 0
Questions protected 6 12
Questions reopened 9 8
Tag synonyms created 2 0
Tag synonyms proposed 2 1
Tags merged 3 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 8 904
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 0 262
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 3 465
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 0 103
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 2 136
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 3 96
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 17 538
Users contacted 7 0
Users destroyed³ 2 0
Users suspended² 5 20


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Astronomy 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! ^_^

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you once again for all of the "exciting stats" :-) $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Feb 15, 2023 at 22:36
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    $\begingroup$ To put these numbers in context, it would be helpful to see stats on the total number of questions asked, total number of answers provided, and total number of comments made, all prior to cleanup. But this does give insight into how busy those users with a diamond next to their name had been in 2022. The provided stats also tells us that community involvement is extremely important. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 1, 2023 at 11:47


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