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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 TeX - LaTeX over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community User¹ Community²
All comments on a post moved to chat 23 0 0
Answer flags handled 882 837 0
Answers flagged 17 337 1,359
Bounties canceled 0 0 0
Comment flags handled 785 266 22
Comments deleted⁸ 1,430 32 6,726
Comments flagged 0 6 1,064
Comments undeleted 11 0 0
Escalations to the Community Manager team 2 0 0
Posts bumped 0 6,593 0
Posts deleted⁷ 393 2,624 2,278
Posts locked 1 206 0
Posts undeleted 10 1 346
Posts unlocked 0 2 0
Question flags handled⁶ 499 1,032 0
Questions closed 121 2,665 288
Questions flagged⁶ 135 68 1,408
Questions merged 0 0 0
Questions migrated 6 4 0
Questions protected 0 13 2
Questions reopened 25 85 21
Questions unprotected 0 0 0
Revisions redacted 0 0 0
Tag highlight language set 0 0 0
Tag synonyms created 0 0 0
Tag synonyms proposed 0 0 2
Tags merged 0 0 0
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Close votes" queue 14 0 11,024
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First answers" queue 1 0 1,983
Tasks reviewed⁵: "First questions" queue 29 0 6,013
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Late answers" queue 1 0 908
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Low quality posts" queue 14 1 2,987
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Reopen votes" queue 14 0 787
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Suggested edits" queue 13 98 2,544
Tasks reviewed⁵: "Triage" queue 0 0 0
User banned from review 1 0 0
User review-bans lifted early 0 0 0
User suspensions lifted early 1 0 0
Users contacted 191 0 0
Users deleted 19 0 0
Users destroyed⁴ 662 0 0
Users suspended³ 184 72 0

Footnotes

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

² This refers to the membership of TeX - LaTeX 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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    I suspect most of those deleted/suspended users are due to our one 'interesting' person :)
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Jan 26 at 7:38
  • Eyeballing the 2022 numbers, they're mostly of the same magnitude, except for the last four rows of the table.
    – Teepeemm
    Jan 29 at 19:05
  • Hello, I got a serious question. Do you feel like this community is slowly dying out? What do you think of tools like GPT answering question we once answered?
    – anis
    Jan 31 at 12:04
  • GPT uses information it has scraped off the web. An accurate answer is not guaranteed, and anything new added to code packages will not be included in its AI database.
    – Michelle
    Feb 4 at 21:25

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