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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 History over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 27 0
Answer flags handled 278 217
Answers flagged 0 495
Comment flags handled 264 67
Comments deleted⁷ 1,020 1,033
Comments flagged 7 324
Comments undeleted 13 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0
Posts bumped 0 39
Posts deleted⁶ 153 711
Posts locked 1 28
Posts undeleted 7 21
Posts unlocked 0 2
Question flags handled⁵ 140 245
Questions closed 65 441
Questions flagged⁵ 5 418
Questions migrated 3 1
Questions protected 5 28
Questions reopened 5 26
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 6 2,087
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 1 546
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 1 725
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 0 261
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 1 384
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 0 397
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 0 459
Users contacted 33 0
Users deleted 4 0
Users destroyed³ 49 0
Users suspended² 15 39

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of History 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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Interesting things I noticed here:

  • 3/4 of undeleted posts were by users. I'm guessing that was mostly users undeleting their own posts, otherwise that seems like a lot.
  • Given that most "destroyed" accounts are Moderators mulching Nazis socks (and most of those the same Nazi), that's nearly once a week we got a Nazi sock visit. Its also almost identical to last year's number. I guess the Nazis are in a groove, and so are we.
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  • If you know that it's the same Nazi, is there not a pattern that can be used (i.e. the same ip address) that can be used from stopping him making more accounts? I know nothing we do will stop him being a Nazi, but maybe then he'll get a hobby.
    – Ne Mo
    Feb 7, 2023 at 15:57
  • @NeMo - I understand the IP used is blocked whenever an account gets destroyed as Spam, which is what we do here. However, there are still about 4.2 billion IP(v4) addresses the Nazi trolls haven't burned yet.
    – T.E.D. Mod
    Feb 7, 2023 at 17:42
  • Yes, and then there's ipv6... Just curious how you know it's the same person
    – Ne Mo
    Feb 7, 2023 at 19:08
  • I don't want to go into nitty details here on a public forum, because I don't want to inspire them, but honestly a lot of times users here notice its the same person and flag them just by their posting style before I even see the new post. PII just verifies to me that its the same troll that's already suspended, and not a similar one. If a Nazi shrewdly decides to avoid user detection in the future by not posting their same trollish Nazi stuff about the Holocaust, I'm OK with that. :-) But of course that's what they're here for, so they can't use that solution.
    – T.E.D. Mod
    Feb 7, 2023 at 19:23

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