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 Mathematics Educators over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community User¹ Community²
All comments on a post moved to chat 10 0 0
Answer flags handled 109 43 0
Answers flagged 8 22 122
Bounties canceled 0 0 0
Comment flags handled 192 26 2
Comments deleted⁸ 406 4 546
Comments flagged 1 1 212
Comments undeleted 4 0 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0 0
Posts bumped 0 11 0
Posts deleted⁷ 73 54 58
Posts locked 2 33 0
Posts undeleted 0 0 11
Posts unlocked 0 2 0
Question flags handled⁶ 74 141 5
Questions closed 21 27 0
Questions flagged⁶ 6 25 195
Questions merged 0 0 0
Questions migrated 1 0 0
Questions protected 0 3 0
Questions reopened 0 2 0
Questions unprotected 0 0 0
Revisions redacted 0 0 0
Tag highlight language set 0 0 0
Tag synonyms created 0 0 0
Tag synonyms proposed 0 0 0
Tags merged 0 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Close votes" queue 3 0 203
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First answers" queue 0 0 226
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First questions" queue 0 0 65
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Late answers" queue 0 0 42
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Low quality posts" queue 0 0 55
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Reopen votes" queue 0 0 31
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Suggested edits" queue 4 2 173
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 7 0 0
Users deleted 0 0 0
Users destroyed⁴ 7 0 0
Users suspended³ 5 9 0


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

² This refers to the membership of Mathematics Educators 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! ^_^

  • $\begingroup$ n the future, artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to perform evaluations, analyses, and judgments in the same way moderation is currently conducted in this forum. Additionally, I am contemplating undertaking an academic study focused on natural intelligence to identify potential biases in the moderation processes of this forum, as well as the possible loss of knowledge that might stem from such biases. $\endgroup$ Mar 30 at 13:19


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