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

And why has it downvoted over 1800 times?

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    It's Agent Smith.
    – Fiksdal
    Aug 28, 2016 at 18:17
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    @Fiksdal yes, definitely. (Sarcasm) Aug 30, 2016 at 22:28
  • Should it be 'the' or 'The'? Aug 30, 2016 at 22:29
  • 1
    @Alex why would it be "The"?
    – Cai
    Aug 30, 2016 at 22:29
  • @Cai because it's proper grammar Aug 30, 2016 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, 2016 at 22:58
  • Revetahw // Agent Smith xD True!
    – user447378
    Apr 3, 2019 at 13:38
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    Give it some reputation. Seeing only 1 rep makes me feel bad. :( Jul 28, 2019 at 16:25

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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:

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:

  • 74
    This is going to dissapoint, but technically Community is just a constant of -1 in a file somewhere... Apr 8, 2012 at 10:48
  • 71
    I think it's adorable how community wiki talks about itself in the third person in this post.
    – Dan
    Jun 27, 2014 at 14:56
  • 23
    The community wiki is talking about the Community User, not itself.
    – ahorn
    Apr 20, 2015 at 15:56
  • 58
    @NickCraver Technically, Nick Craver ♦ is just a constant of 135201 in a file somewhere...
    – wizzwizz4
    May 9, 2016 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, 2017 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. Apr 4, 2017 at 6:03
  • @SurajJaincIt Is meant to be ironic because clearly it is a robot. See this post meta.stackexchange.com/questions/292637/…
    – John Locke
    Oct 20, 2018 at 12:22
  • @publicstaticvoidmain its is the proper word here. it's is short for it is, which doesn't make sense here. Nov 13, 2018 at 1:51
  • How do I accept an answer for the questions that you posted in our SO for Teams account so that the question doesn't remain open/unanswered? Dec 6, 2019 at 18:08
  • @Xtremefaith: You didn't ping anyone, so maybe nobody will ever see your question. You can try posting a new question on the Meta Stack Overflow website; I read that that's usually the correct place to ask questions regarding SO for Teams. Jan 5, 2020 at 2:53
  • @NickCraver There is a Users.xml file somewhere. You can find it. Dec 30, 2020 at 16:11

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