I see this Community user on the user page. It also seems to edit posts sometimes. What is it?

And why has it downvoted over 1800 times?

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    It's Agent Smith. – Revetahw Aug 28 '16 at 18:17
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    @Fiksdal yes, definitely. (Sarcasm) – Alex Aug 30 '16 at 22:28
  • Should it be 'the' or 'The'? – Alex Aug 30 '16 at 22:29
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    @Alex why would it be "The"? – Cai Aug 30 '16 at 22:29
  • @Cai because it's proper grammar – Alex Aug 30 '16 at 22:40
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    @Alex no it's not. The only time you would capitalise "the" is if it is actually formally a part of the name, and then it's a matter of convention. – Cai Aug 30 '16 at 22:58
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Who is the "Community" User?

It is an automated user agent, not a real person. Its profile explains:

Hi, I'm not really a person.

I'm a background process that helps keep this site clean!

I do things like

  • Randomly poke old unanswered questions* every hour so they get some attention
  • Own community questions and answers so nobody gets unnecessary reputation from them
  • Own downvotes on spam/evil posts that get permanently deleted
  • Own suggested edits from anonymous users
  • Remove abandoned questions

* Questions with at least 30 days of no activity, at least one answer scoring zero, and no answers scoring above that. Questions that are locked or closed will not be bumped. The Community User will only bump a maximum of one question per hour.

Randomly poking old unanswered questions might make its name appear as the last editor of a question, but only in some overviews, not in the question itself:

Poked to get some edition; not a real edit

The reason why it has so many downvotes is because it owns all of the downvotes that are being cast automatically when a post is flagged as spam or rude/abusive.

It also:

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    This is going to dissapoint, but technically Community is just a constant of -1 in a file somewhere... – Nick Craver Apr 8 '12 at 10:48
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    I think it's adorable how community wiki talks about itself in the third person in this post. – Dan Jun 27 '14 at 14:56
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    The community wiki is talking about the Community User, not itself. – ahorn Apr 20 '15 at 15:56
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    @NickCraver Technically, Nick Craver ♦ is just a constant of 135201 in a file somewhere... – wizzwizz4 May 9 '16 at 18:32
  • @NickCraver How does then it have a batch not a robot, it confuses me , also it edits post and give a valid reason not robotic one. – Suraj Jain Feb 28 '17 at 18:27
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    @SurajJain the point is, there is no such a "user", in the sense of real person or even an account. This is all done automatically by various scripts and processes, written by various Stack Exchange developers. – Shadow Wizard Apr 4 '17 at 6:03

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