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I joined the private beta of 3Dprinting.SE today and while editing my profile I noticed that my user number (not sure what it's called) was fairly low.

I wondered if there's a user 1 and indeed there is: it's Robert Cartaino ♦. I would think that maybe he proposed the site, but that's not the case.

Out of curiosity: who becomes user 1 on a newly created site of the SE network?

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    Whoever signs up first. – Doorknob Jan 12 '16 at 23:02
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    @Doorknob No... It's always a SE staff member. It's probably whoever "activates" the site... since Robert's one of the main Area 51 Admins, it makes sense he's user 1 – Catija Jan 12 '16 at 23:04
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    @Catija We sign up as well. – Taryn Jan 12 '16 at 23:05
  • @bluefeet sure... but it makes sense that it would be someone "testing" the site... Geoff Dalgas is user 1 or 2 on a lot of sites. – Catija Jan 12 '16 at 23:06
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    Sometimes, nobody! – Jeremy Banks says STAY HOME Jan 12 '16 at 23:20
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    @JeremyBanks well, it's not very surprising that nobody wants to be the first at the workplace =) – Display name Jan 12 '16 at 23:22
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    @Catija Not always. hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com/users/1/undo – Undo - Reinstate Monica Jan 12 '16 at 23:29
  • There's also a User -1. Just to boggle your mind. (Hint, it's the Community User) – Zizouz212 Jan 13 '16 at 1:05
  • Usually it's me. (I set up the sites and join to make sure everything is working correctly.) – Adam Lear Jan 14 '16 at 21:52
  • @AdamLear thank you for doing that! – Display name Jan 14 '16 at 22:14
  • @AdamLear On sites without a user 1, have you deleted your account there? – Catija Jan 15 '16 at 3:21
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As mentioned in the comments, the first user to join the site gets ID 1.

It's usually a Stack Exchange employee (a developer or a community manager, typically) because they create the site and so visit it and poke around to make sure that everything is in order.

The Community user, however, is user -1 everywhere, so the robots always get there first!

  • Can there be a user 0? – user306255 Jan 13 '16 at 0:32
  • @sumelic Nope, but there is a User -1 – Zizouz212 Jan 13 '16 at 1:04
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    Not always an SE employee though. – Andy Jan 13 '16 at 19:56
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    @Andy Yeahhhh... that was when I rolled out new login UI and forgot to put a private beta gate in. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ – Adam Lear Jan 14 '16 at 21:56
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    @AdamLear Actually, I think I got that by faking the Area 51 visit link. I don't remember it giving me a login UI right off the bat. I had the hardwarerecs domain on a browser tab that I'd refresh occasionally to see how low a user ID I could get. Turns out it's pretty low. – Undo - Reinstate Monica Jan 14 '16 at 22:16
  • @Adam so that's the only case? – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Jan 14 '16 at 22:16
  • @Undo That'd probably do it too, yeah. I forget how that link works off the top of my head. – Adam Lear Jan 14 '16 at 22:16
  • @Undo I looked at the code, and it looks like the /visit link only works for proposals that A51 considered to be in beta already. I'll test it out properly next time we're about to launch a site. – Adam Lear Jan 14 '16 at 23:29
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It is always the first one to sign up, usually the Community Managers or some type of employee at SE as they would usually know when a site gets to beta firsthand.

Of course, Community would take the spot for first user as its id is actually -1. Also, there is also no user ID of 0: https://stackoverflow.com/users/0

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