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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 The Workplace over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 142 0
Answer flags handled 295 61
Answers flagged 15 342
Comment flags handled 2,415 627
Comments deleted⁷ 4,655 3,118
Comments flagged 121 2,923
Comments undeleted 20 0
Posts bumped 0 5
Posts deleted⁶ 121 667
Posts locked 3 55
Posts undeleted 10 26
Posts unlocked 0 3
Question flags handled⁵ 417 484
Questions closed 89 406
Questions flagged⁵ 42 915
Questions merged 1 0
Questions migrated 3 0
Questions protected 43 8
Questions reopened 19 15
Questions unprotected 1 0
Tag synonyms proposed 2 0
Tags merged 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 1 842
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 14 351
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 5 180
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 0 56
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 1 72
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Reopen votes" queue 21 342
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 225 689
Users contacted 12 0
Users deleted 4 0
Users destroyed³ 27 0
Users suspended² 7 30

Footnotes

¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of The Workplace 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! ^_^

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Am I mistaken, or has overall activity at The Workplace slowed down the past few years?

Can someone run a query for the past 5 year or so (pre-pandemic through post-pandemic)?

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    I suspect with shifts in the Workplace (Cough WFH/Covid Policies Cough) - that some of the interpersonal issues caused by being physically near your co-workers have slowed down questions on Workplace - it will pick up though. Jan 27, 2023 at 0:35
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    @TheDemonLord - it will be interesting to see. My theory is that folks working from home spend less time here. At work, you can distract yourself with The Workplace, and nobody is the wiser. At home, you can watch cartoons if you like. Just a hunch. Jan 27, 2023 at 1:08
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    For those with the rep (@JoeStrazzere), check: workplace.meta.stackexchange.com/site-analytics From what I see, I'd say there's a clear relation between the covid/remote situation spiking worldwide and the "slowness" you perceive
    – DarkCygnus Mod
    Jan 27, 2023 at 23:32
  • @JoeStrazzere It was discussed amongst the moderators at the end of 2021 where we indeed saw a marked decline in traffic and engagement coinciding with the start of the pandemic (feb/march 2020). A new, lower baseline was established that looking at the stats now has never truly recovered. I don't recall if the effect was site-wide or if that was ever looked at in detail at a Stack-level. That'd be interesting to take to main meta.
    – Lilienthal Mod
    Jan 30, 2023 at 19:37

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