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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 Bicycles over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community User¹ Community²
All comments on a post moved to chat 5 0 0
Answer flags handled 627 234 0
Answers flagged 4 137 717
Bounties canceled 0 0 0
Comment flags handled 164 48 7
Comments deleted⁸ 409 16 511
Comments flagged 2 4 213
Comments undeleted 8 0 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 0 0 0
Posts bumped 0 102 0
Posts deleted⁷ 283 157 120
Posts locked 1 60 0
Posts undeleted 1 0 18
Posts unlocked 0 0 0
Question flags handled⁶ 67 149 9
Questions closed 37 84 0
Questions flagged⁶ 8 12 206
Questions merged 0 0 0
Questions migrated 0 2 0
Questions protected 8 17 0
Questions reopened 2 0 0
Questions unprotected 0 0 0
Revisions redacted 2 0 0
Tag highlight language set 0 0 0
Tag synonyms created 10 0 0
Tag synonyms proposed 3 0 1
Tags merged 2 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Close votes" queue 5 0 467
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First answers" queue 1 0 568
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First questions" queue 0 0 685
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Late answers" queue 0 0 442
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Low quality posts" queue 6 0 568
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Reopen votes" queue 5 0 20
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Suggested edits" queue 37 25 637
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 0 0 0
Users contacted 9 0 0
Users deleted 3 0 0
Users destroyed⁴ 1 0 0
Users suspended³ 6 46 0

Footnotes

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

² This refers to the membership of Bicycles 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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  • I'm pretty sure that I personally proposed more than 1 tag synonym last year. Can you elaborate on where that number comes from? Jan 26 at 15:24

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