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 Chemistry over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 36 0
Answer flags handled 1,018 85
Answers flagged 363 740
Bounties canceled 1 0
Comment flags handled 1,030 772
Comments deleted⁷ 2,212 3,068
Comments flagged 649 1,153
Comments undeleted 82 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 3 0
Posts bumped 0 534
Posts deleted⁶ 768 3,308
Posts locked 9 338
Posts undeleted 32 99
Posts unlocked 2 6
Question flags handled⁵ 631 289
Questions closed 1,656 1,026
Questions flagged⁵ 256 712
Questions merged 1 0
Questions migrated 41 0
Questions protected 36 35
Questions reopened 133 3
Questions unprotected 0 1
Revisions redacted 1 0
Tags merged 3 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 242 5,778
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 36 487
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 77 2,285
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 19 274
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 40 330
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 96 309
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 332 660
Users contacted 15 0
Users deleted 26 0
Users destroyed³ 107 0
Users suspended² 11 37


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Chemistry 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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The following shows year to year changes as a percentage. Refer to the OP for the meaning of labels.

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat -27 NA
Answer flags handled -29 -60
Answers flagged -25 -37
Bounties canceled 0 NA
Comment flags handled -22 256
Comments deleted⁷ -44 -22
Comments flagged 7 25
Comments undeleted -25 NA
Escalations to the Community Manager team -40 NA
Posts bumped NA -37
Posts deleted⁶ -40 -36
Posts locked -68 18
Posts undeleted -38 -44
Posts unlocked -33 -67
Question flags handled⁵ -15 -59
Questions closed -37 -35
Questions flagged⁵ 59 -46
Questions merged -83 NA
Questions migrated -11 NA
Questions protected -63 -34
Questions reopened -9 -40
Questions unprotected -100 NA
Revisions redacted 0 NA
Tags merged -50 NA
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue -66 -36
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 0 225
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue -23 132
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue -73 -24
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue -60 -56
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue -63 -48
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue -46 -69
Users contacted -42 NA
Users deleted -16 NA
Users destroyed³ -45 NA
Users suspended² -45 3

A bit of a dip in activity across the board going from 2021 to 2022, evidently reflecting the decrease in number of new posts, as shown in the following figure (generated with this query) ....

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