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 Cryptography over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community User¹ Community²
All comments on a post moved to chat 13 0 0
Answer flags handled 157 48 0
Answers flagged 2 52 150
Bounties canceled 1 0 0
Comment flags handled 43 35 0
Comments deleted⁸ 833 8 909
Comments flagged 0 0 76
Comments undeleted 76 0 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 1 0 0
Posts bumped 0 715 0
Posts deleted⁷ 161 534 411
Posts locked 4 45 0
Posts undeleted 18 0 59
Posts unlocked 1 6 0
Question flags handled⁶ 112 89 6
Questions closed 372 197 1
Questions flagged⁶ 12 8 203
Questions merged 4 0 0
Questions migrated 29 0 0
Questions protected 0 3 0
Questions reopened 40 2 0
Questions unprotected 3 0 0
Revisions redacted 0 0 0
Tag highlight language set 0 0 0
Tag synonyms created 7 0 0
Tag synonyms proposed 4 0 3
Tags merged 0 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Close votes" queue 29 0 365
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First answers" queue 16 0 319
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First questions" queue 66 0 837
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Late answers" queue 2 0 144
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Low quality posts" queue 0 0 76
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Reopen votes" queue 7 0 36
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Suggested edits" queue 144 30 508
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 19 0 0
Users deleted 3 0 0
Users destroyed⁴ 18 0 0
Users suspended³ 14 45 0


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

² This refers to the membership of Cryptography 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! ^_^

  • $\begingroup$ Happy 2024 to you too, JNat. 534 posts deleted by community, eh? Thanks for keeping our Q/A site safe! Especially since USENET is now officially dead. There are a few other archivers (hosted often by a single user), but the sci.crypto group is the last remnant, and looking at the posts I guess we can consider it deceased. $\endgroup$
    – Maarten Bodewes Mod
    Jan 24 at 21:54


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