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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 Role-playing Games over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community User¹ Community²
All comments on a post moved to chat 28 0 0
Answer flags handled 277 294 0
Answers flagged 13 45 488
Bounties canceled 1 0 0
Comment flags handled 1,788 146 17
Comments deleted⁸ 3,078 4 1,764
Comments flagged 7 8 1,932
Comments undeleted 29 0 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0 0
Posts bumped 0 27 0
Posts deleted⁷ 117 181 387
Posts locked 6 53 0
Posts undeleted 2 1 68
Posts unlocked 2 5 0
Question flags handled⁶ 153 315 1
Questions closed 75 226 121
Questions flagged⁶ 18 35 440
Questions merged 1 0 0
Questions migrated 3 0 0
Questions protected 11 4 11
Questions reopened 16 59 21
Questions unprotected 0 0 0
Revisions redacted 0 0 0
Tag highlight language set 0 0 0
Tag synonyms created 21 3 0
Tag synonyms proposed 8 0 2
Tags merged 6 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Close votes" queue 43 0 1,218
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First answers" queue 13 0 449
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First questions" queue 17 0 306
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Late answers" queue 18 0 198
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Low quality posts" queue 20 0 431
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Reopen votes" queue 19 0 383
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Suggested edits" queue 67 28 438
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 1 0 0
Users contacted 4 0 0
Users deleted 1 0 0
Users destroyed⁴ 11 0 0
Users suspended³ 1 51 0

Footnotes

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

² This refers to the membership of Role-playing Games 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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Meta posts:

2017 stats

2018 stats

2019 stats

2020 Stats

2021 Stats

2022 Stats

SEDE Queries:

Total number of questions, answers per year

Comments per year

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    \$\begingroup\$ I like these charts, but I just wish that there was a better alternative to "enter image description here" for people who can't see images. \$\endgroup\$
    – Laurel
    Jan 30 at 19:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ What is up with the 91% reopened stat in 2020? It seems to have appeared in the 2022 YIM summary and been carried forward, is it just a typo that got added to the sheet? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 31 at 5:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KernelPanic That’s a mistake. 2020 reopened by mods should be 102, not 1012. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 1 at 1:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ That makes sense, was just curious. Very cool to visualize these stats over the years! \$\endgroup\$ Feb 1 at 3:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ 5th straight year of less questions and answers... oof. \$\endgroup\$
    – ESCE
    Feb 1 at 18:05

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