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Until recently Mr. Community had one single reputation point, you can see it in this old screenshot:

User Community showing 1 rep on old screen capture

Now it has over 2K reputation all of a sudden.. what has caused this? Has it affected "real" members as well?

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I think this has to do with lot of deleted high-voted offtopic/fun/subjective questions recently. This user owns votes on deleted posts. His rep graph is by the way also weird, it hits 60K. –  BalusC Jan 30 '11 at 14:54
    
@Bal but how deleting question can increase his rep? From the rep graph I came to believe it's related to community wiki: maybe upvote on post made community wiki by Mr. Community increase his rep now where it didn't before? –  Shadow Wizard Jan 30 '11 at 15:00
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The votes of deleted posts has got to be somewhere. They won't be recalculated on per-user basis of the original voter. It's the community user who owns them. His rep shall decrease with the time again when the normal flow of deleted spam/junk posts (which are often downvoted) continues. It will however never be less than 1. –  BalusC Jan 30 '11 at 15:02
    
@Bal thanks, this is interesting.. hope that someone will come over and confirm this. :) –  Shadow Wizard Jan 30 '11 at 15:04
    
@BalusC, that graph does not go past 2008 (for me, at least). (Community on Super User, which came to life July 2009, has no reputation graph at all. Still at 1 there too.) –  Arjan Jan 31 '11 at 9:58
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-1, that circle clearly isn't free-hand. –  Justin Jan 31 '11 at 12:56
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@Shadow: Ignore that, it's just a stupid meta meme. –  Donal Fellows Jan 31 '11 at 13:55
    
@Donal thanks, was starting to fear I've done something wrong.. :P –  Shadow Wizard Jan 31 '11 at 16:14
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And, @Shadow, just like everything else: it's even documented! ;-) But I like scary monks much better! –  Arjan Jan 31 '11 at 18:08
    
@Arj thanks for the link! Makes some things lot clearer now.. :D –  Shadow Wizard Jan 31 '11 at 21:45
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I wanted to keep count, but didn't. It seems like the reputation is kind of steady: 2,694 right now, on SO. And so it was on January 26th, before you even noticed the boost, according to Google's cache. Still 1 on SU and SF. Also its reputation graph has changed and goes past 2008 now. It's steady at about 60k since 2008-12-30 (and not in sync with the 2,694 reputation it shows). –  Arjan Feb 11 '11 at 15:44
    
@Arjan: this is definitely vague. –  BalusC Feb 11 '11 at 15:57
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I've no clue, but I am very curious. Maybe this needs some bumping to the front page. Not sure what's the best time to meet some SE developers here :-) –  Arjan Mar 27 '11 at 20:55
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Just FYI, community now takes over the bounty for users who are deleted but have an active bounty...to ensure it's awarded (half, since it has to be awarded automatically) correctly, since users did put extra effort into answering those questions in many cases. –  Nick Craver Mar 28 '11 at 13:13
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@Arjan yeah, noticed this some time ago as well plus it no longer show all sites under its Accounts section (although it's showing nicely in its network profile :)) so guess it's finally sorted out. Now what makes me curious how it managed to collect some favorites? ;) –  Shadow Wizard Jun 10 '12 at 10:11

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Just a wild guess: edits proposed by unregistered low reputation users show as made by Community. Maybe Community is then also earning the reputation for that? From an old comment:

There may be a capped reputation incentive (at the moment we are thinking you can get up to 1000 points 2 at a time for good edits)

Not sure if this is indeed implemented! Given the large increase of reputation, I guess the team might have been using unregistered users to test. On the other hand: at the time of writing this, on Super User the reputation was still 1, despite approved edits.

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I suspect that we will find that out when we really need him. –  Pops Feb 11 '11 at 17:21
    
The Super User Community user has now around 200 rep... –  fretje Mar 28 '11 at 8:24
    
Yup, @Fretje, see the comments on the question itself. –  Arjan Mar 28 '11 at 8:54
    
This looks about right. The rep goes somewhere, why not the bot? Bots have desires too. –  random Jul 30 '11 at 14:40

If you check his reputation graph, you'll see that his rep seems to come from Community Wiki posts.

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Yep but those posts were there for long time - wonder what has changed.. –  Shadow Wizard Jan 31 '11 at 9:52
    
Indeed, like @Shadow says: what has changed? And above all: I cannot get that graph to go past 2008. And even then it was already 60k. But so far that always showed as 1. Community on Super User (which came to life July 2009) has no reputation graph at all. –  Arjan Jan 31 '11 at 9:57
    
Ah, the reputation graph has been fixed. Almost steady at about 60k since 2008-12-30, but on October 20th Community started a bounty of 500 points on Directed graph SQL. –  Arjan Feb 11 '11 at 16:16

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