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 Ask Ubuntu over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 81 0
Answer flags handled 7,227 928
Answers flagged 176 7,987
Comment flags handled 2,682 1,101
Comments deleted⁷ 7,484 12,100
Comments flagged 62 3,720
Comments undeleted 82 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 5 0
Posts bumped 0 8,258
Posts deleted⁶ 6,179 18,563
Posts locked 36 707
Posts undeleted 105 456
Posts unlocked 8 25
Question flags handled⁵ 1,293 8,287
Questions closed 1,235 5,280
Questions flagged⁵ 81 9,296
Questions merged 9 0
Questions migrated 18 10
Questions protected 18 393
Questions reopened 127 115
Questions unprotected 1 1
Revisions redacted 8 0
Tag highlight language set 2 0
Tag synonyms created 4 0
Tags merged 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 126 13,018
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 44 10,152
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 11 14,048
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 14 5,331
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 120 6,391
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 17 961
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 466 9,585
User banned from review 1 7
Users contacted 28 0
Users deleted 5 0
Users destroyed³ 465 0
Users suspended² 16 102


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Ask Ubuntu 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! ^_^

  • 1
    Great to the results of the Community at work :)
    – andrew.46 Mod
    Commented Jan 27, 2023 at 0:44
  • JNat, I'm just wondering... can the community (not the bot) escalate issues to the Community Manager team? Commented Jan 29, 2023 at 8:47
  • 1
    The stat labeled "Escalations to the Community Manager team" relates to per-user issues escalated by mods, using this feature, @RandomPerson. Regular community users can get the Community Team's attention by submitting tickets via the Contact Us form.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 30, 2023 at 10:28


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