This is the fourth public set of post report statistics, covering all of 2013. Previous post report statistics: 2012 First half of 2011 Second half of 2010 About post reports The forums are maintained by a small group of moderators whose aim is to keep them enjoyable and free from problems. There are thousands of posts every day, and the moderators don't have time to review all of them. We instead rely on post reports that bring particular posts or threads to the moderators' attention. Post reports are submitted by members by using the report post icon (), located at the bottom left of each post. You can use this any time you want to get the attention of a moderator, not just if you think a particular post violates a rule (for example, if you want a moderator to move or delete your own post, or if you want to bring attention to a thread in general). The moderation team will review every report, although in some cases we determine that no action is necessary. You won't get a reply to a post report, but we are still grateful that you alerted us to a potential problem. About the post report statistics Since 2006, I've produced post report statistics for the moderators and administrators. These statistics assist us in a number of ways, for example to highlight problem areas that we need to address, or to tell us when and at what times we're in need of new moderators. More recently, we decided to release a subset of these statistics publicly, for the interest of our members (we don't release certain statistics publicly, such as those that identify individual members). 2013 post report summary Number of post reports: 28789 Mean per day: 78.9 Max per day: 166 Min per day: 19 Number of post reporters: 3103 Number of reported members: 15250 Number of posts reported: 24603 Number of threads with a post reported: 17601 There were 28789 reported posts in 2012, at a rate of 78.9/day. The lowest (19) was on November 12, when the forums were being restored following a security breach; otherwise, the lowest on a single day was 30. 1.2% of posts made in 2013 were reported, and 10.3% of threads had at least one post reported. There were fewer reports towards the end of the year, which is partly seasonal: there tend to be fewer reports in the northern hemisphere winter, and more in summer. The graph below shows the trend in post reports since 2006. Time of day There were two busy periods of the day: the main one peaking between 10 AM and 5 PM PST, corresponding with the North American day, and a second between 11 PM and 2 AM PST. The quietest times were between 4 and 6 AM PST. The busiest hour (10 - 11 AM) had just over twice as many reports as the quietest hour (5 - 6 AM). Reported forums The MacRumors.com News Discussion forum had the most reports, overtaking the iPhone forum. Big movers included the new iOS 7 forum, which debuted as the third most reported forum, Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks (+33) and iOS 6 (-13). The top 20 forums by number of post reports were as follows; deltas are in comparison with figures from 2012. Code: Rank Delta Forum Reports Percentage ---- ----- --------------------------------------- -------- ---------- 1 +1 MacRumors.com News Discussion 3910 13.6% 2 -1 iPhone 3535 12.3% 3 new iOS 7 1984 6.9% 4 +1 Community Discussion 1591 5.5% 5 -2 iPad 1423 4.9% 6 -2 MacBook Pro 1281 4.5% 7 +1 Politics, Religion, Social Issues 1094 3.8% 8 -2 Mac Applications and Mac App Store 908 3.2% 9 +33 Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks 771 2.7% 10 +7 Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 753 2.6% 11 +1 MacBook Air 660 2.3% 12 -2 Mac Basics and Help 623 2.2% 13 +1 Marketplace 591 2.1% 14 +6 Mac Pro 563 2.0% 15 -6 iMac 511 1.8% 16 -3 iPhone and iPod touch Apps 469 1.6% 17 -6 iPhone Accessories 455 1.6% 18 +10 iOS Blog Discussion 388 1.3% 19 -3 Buying Tips and Advice 381 1.3% 20 -13 iOS 6 370 1.3% Post reporters 3103 members reported posts in 2013. Of these members, 51% reported just one post, while 90% made 10 or fewer reports each. The top 10% of reporters made 78% of all reports, with the top ten reporters alone making 32% of all reports - an average of 932 each. Report reasons Moderators deal with a wide range of issues when handling post reports. The graph below shows some of the common issues and how the breakdown has changed over time. Spam remains the most common reason, but was less common in the second half of the year after peaking in the first half. For the other categories, the most noticeable trend is a steady but substantial decrease in reports about duplicate or double posts. The issues also varied by time of day. For most issues, the distribution was similar, and mainly followed the North American day. The exception was for spam, which was reported more during the North American night, primarily due to the location in which most of the spam originates. This is also a key cause of the second peak in the Time of day chart above. Reported threads Some threads, particularly long or controversial ones, have a large number of posts reported. 73% of threads containing a reported post received just one report, while 97 threads received more than 10 reports. The most reported thread for the year was Waiting for Haswell MBP Mega Thread (54 reports), followed by iOS 7: All The Little Things! (Featuring iOS 7.1) (50 reports).