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 Geographic Information Systems over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 8 0
Answer flags handled 2,266 412
Answers flagged 30 2,648
Comment flags handled 367 341
Comments deleted⁷ 5,878 4,770
Comments flagged 10 698
Comments undeleted 21 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0
Posts bumped 0 8,280
Posts deleted⁶ 1,222 6,990
Posts locked 17 64
Posts undeleted 62 237
Posts unlocked 0 1
Question flags handled⁵ 265 640
Questions closed 2,603 1,716
Questions flagged⁵ 50 1,064
Questions merged 12 0
Questions migrated 15 0
Questions protected 9 41
Questions reopened 178 246
Questions unprotected 0 1
Tag highlight language set 4 0
Tag synonyms created 15 0
Tag synonyms proposed 15 0
Tags merged 27 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 467 11,035
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 3 3,367
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 26 7,836
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 0 1,844
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 10 3,115
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 82 2,105
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 36 3,042
User suspensions lifted early 2 0
Users contacted 14 0
Users destroyed³ 11 0
Users suspended² 5 46


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Geographic Information Systems 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).

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Wishing everyone a happy 2023! ^_^


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