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 Reverse Engineering over the past 12 months:

Action Moderators Community¹
All comments on a post moved to chat 1 0
Answer flags handled 138 19
Answers flagged 6 149
Comment flags handled 65 39
Comments deleted⁷ 88 155
Comments flagged 49 55
Posts bumped 0 491
Posts deleted⁶ 98 364
Posts locked 0 3
Posts undeleted 3 17
Question flags handled⁵ 28 22
Questions closed 43 13
Questions flagged⁵ 1 51
Questions migrated 1 0
Questions protected 0 4
Questions reopened 2 0
Revisions redacted 2 0
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Close votes" queue 12 183
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First answers" queue 0 167
Tasks reviewed⁴: "First questions" queue 1 470
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Late answers" queue 1 42
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Low quality posts" queue 4 55
Tasks reviewed⁴: "Suggested edits" queue 37 289
Users destroyed³ 1 0
Users suspended² 0 20


¹ "Community" here refers both to the membership of Reverse Engineering 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).

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Wishing everyone a happy 2023! ^_^

  • Thanks for posting the stats. Sorry for abusing your post, but since you are a staffer, perhaps you can at least give me pointers. How would we approach if we wanted syntax highlighting for code blocks on our main site? Is this something we can tune somewhere? Or is a staffer required? How to get in touch with someone regarding that? Thanks. I recall someone mentioning somewhere at some point, that some sort of configuration is required. But I wasn't able to come up with a plan on how to approach this.
    – 0xC0000022L Mod
    Commented Jan 28, 2023 at 21:14
  • 1
    Have a discussion on Meta; once a consensus is reached, create a separate post for the actual request (pointing to the discussion and consensus) and [status-review] it as per this post. A CM will then evaluate your request and discuss next steps depending on their assessment.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 30, 2023 at 10:31
  • Thanks for the guidance.
    – 0xC0000022L Mod
    Commented Jan 30, 2023 at 15:34


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