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 Biblical Hermeneutics over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 69 0
Answer flags handled 812 85
Answers flagged 221 676
Comment flags handled 352 35
Comments deleted⁷ 3,678 1,582
Comments flagged 161 226
Comments undeleted 157 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 4 0
Posts bumped 0 618
Posts deleted⁶ 521 506
Posts locked 49 55
Posts undeleted 12 40
Posts unlocked 9 31
Question flags handled⁵ 188 60
Questions closed 308 111
Questions flagged⁵ 57 216
Questions merged 13 0
Questions migrated 20 0
Questions protected 29 68
Questions reopened 38 5
Questions unprotected 2 20
Tag synonyms created 5 0
Tag synonyms proposed 5 0
Tags merged 16 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 217 897
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 7 995
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 0 230
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 1 801
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 17 524
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 63 142
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 69 193
User banned from review 1 0
Users contacted 20 0
Users deleted 3 0
Users destroyed³ 4 0
Users suspended² 12 17


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Biblical Hermeneutics 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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