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 Aviation over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 43 0
Answer flags handled 797 340
Answers flagged 122 1,014
Comment flags handled 298 82
Comments deleted⁷ 1,696 3,263
Comments flagged 14 366
Comments undeleted 22 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0
Posts bumped 0 167
Posts deleted⁶ 382 802
Posts locked 5 113
Posts undeleted 22 39
Posts unlocked 3 2
Question flags handled⁵ 159 222
Questions closed 190 290
Questions flagged⁵ 23 374
Questions migrated 18 0
Questions protected 13 57
Questions reopened 16 12
Revisions redacted 3 0
Tag synonyms created 2 0
Tag synonyms proposed 2 0
Tags merged 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 67 1,183
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 14 451
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 18 600
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 22 367
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 124 637
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 14 126
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 71 803
User banned from review 1 0
Users contacted 30 0
Users deleted 2 0
Users destroyed³ 18 0
Users suspended² 26 25


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

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, for posting these stats @JNats. And thank you, fellow community members, for making this site's moderation a pleasure (on most days) $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima Mod
    Jan 26, 2023 at 22:11


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