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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 Unix & Linux over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community User¹ Community²
All comments on a post moved to chat 32 0 0
Answer flags handled 2,150 568 0
Answers flagged 205 855 1,649
Bounties canceled 0 0 0
Comment flags handled 2,882 444 207
Comments deleted⁸ 5,917 12 7,430
Comments flagged 895 8 2,624
Comments undeleted 59 0 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 10 0 0
Posts bumped 0 8,219 0
Posts deleted⁷ 1,342 4,826 2,365
Posts locked 4 415 0
Posts undeleted 48 0 292
Posts unlocked 0 21 0
Question flags handled⁶ 655 1,015 98
Questions closed 393 755 176
Questions flagged⁶ 108 72 1,595
Questions merged 1 0 0
Questions migrated 29 20 0
Questions protected 1 62 122
Questions reopened 17 9 13
Questions unprotected 0 0 2
Revisions redacted 14 0 0
Tag highlight language set 0 0 0
Tag synonyms created 5 0 0
Tag synonyms proposed 0 0 4
Tags merged 4 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Close votes" queue 1 0 2,891
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First answers" queue 10 38 3,682
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First questions" queue 14 60 5,265
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Late answers" queue 2 15 2,215
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Low quality posts" queue 959 0 1,475
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Reopen votes" queue 2 0 175
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Suggested edits" queue 110 577 3,866
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 2 0 0
Users contacted 31 0 0
Users deleted 34 0 0
Users destroyed⁴ 302 0 0
Users suspended³ 20 82 0

Footnotes

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

² This refers to the membership of Unix & Linux 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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  • Would you mind explaining what is this "Triage" queue which I cannot see in my review queues dropdown list and does not seem to be listed in last year report ? (unix.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6050/…) And BTW, thanks for sharing & happy 2024 to you (and all those who participated actively to these moderation tasks.)
    – MC68020
    Jan 25 at 13:17
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    @MC68020 Unix.SE doesn’t have a triage queue, you can see it on SO. Jan 25 at 14:51
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    As Stephen Kit pointed out, @MC68020, there is no triage queue on U&L. In previous years the script would omit rows where all values were 0, and several folks have asked over time to change the script so that the output contained all rows, even if their total was 0 — with the implementation we landed on, there is no straightforwad way to exclude Triage from sites that don't use it, unfortunately.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jan 25 at 14:56

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