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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 MathOverflow over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community User¹ Community²
All comments on a post moved to chat 3 0 0
Answer flags handled 852 741 0
Answers flagged 30 153 1,396
Bounties canceled 0 0 0
Comment flags handled 615 321 22
Comments deleted⁸ 781 309 9,095
Comments flagged 2 30 926
Comments undeleted 11 0 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 13 0 0
Posts bumped 0 1,854 0
Posts deleted⁷ 824 2,517 3,501
Posts locked 3 657 0
Posts undeleted 21 3 675
Posts unlocked 0 83 0
Question flags handled⁶ 688 2,980 56
Questions closed 133 2,231 2
Questions flagged⁶ 55 101 3,595
Questions merged 2 0 0
Questions migrated 16 214 0
Questions protected 0 8 14
Questions reopened 5 21 0
Questions unprotected 0 0 0
Revisions redacted 0 0 0
Tag highlight language set 0 0 0
Tag synonyms created 1 0 0
Tag synonyms proposed 1 0 0
Tags merged 1 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Close votes" queue 0 0 4,548
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First answers" queue 0 0 1,018
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First questions" queue 2 0 3,429
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Late answers" queue 0 0 357
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Low quality posts" queue 0 0 800
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Reopen votes" queue 0 0 370
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Suggested edits" queue 14 98 2,150
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 37 0 0
Users deleted 12 0 0
Users destroyed⁴ 403 0 0
Users suspended³ 29 161 0

Footnotes

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

² This refers to the membership of MathOverflow 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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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, JNat! It's nice to see the community plays such an active role. $\endgroup$
    – David Roberts Mod
    Commented Jan 25 at 22:41
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    $\begingroup$ I wonder when does a question count as being "closed by the community"? -- As to the above statistics, in 2023 it happened exactly 2 times ... . $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Commented Jan 27 at 23:19

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