The first few words in Community's profile page are

Hi, I'm not really a person.

Should these be removed?

Arguments I can think of for removing.

It’s redundant, the [bot] label is quite visible, and probably can’t be easily missed (I don’t think it would be affected by banner blindness, though it might be).

Arguments I can think of against removing


Should the part of communities profile page saying it’s a bot be removed, because of the new label that says community is a bot?

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    What's a "bot"? Sep 26 '21 at 23:29
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    Why exactly is it being redundant an argument for removing it? What does it matter?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Sep 26 '21 at 23:29
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    What about people who don't know what "Bot" means? Sure, there's the tooltip, but lots of people don't look for, or look at, tooltips/hover text.
    – Makyen
    Sep 26 '21 at 23:30
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    You don't mess with tradition 🤨
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Sep 26 '21 at 23:44
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    @JourneymanGeek Does your profile need a "Hi, I'm not really a dog" label to clarify?
    – Ollie
    Sep 26 '21 at 23:47
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    I don't understand your question 😁
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Sep 27 '21 at 0:09
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    @Ollie wouldn't that be what's known as a "lie"?
    – VLAZ
    Sep 27 '21 at 6:46
  • Given that the rest of the profile is written in the first person, I think it's necessary for it to be very clear that it's not actually a person talking.
    – BSMP
    Sep 27 '21 at 18:41


  1. I do think there are many people on SE that don't know English well, and "bot" could sound misleading for them...

  2. There is nothing wrong with feeding extra information to users...

One thing I do want to say is that the Community User has the Not A Robot badge, which is quite (very) misleading.

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    The Not a Robot badge, that's definitely where the part reminding people Community's not a person comes in handy...
    – Ollie
    Sep 27 '21 at 2:04
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    ...but it is good to have fun.
    – Ollie
    Sep 27 '21 at 2:05
  • On MSE it doesn't have the badge, but it has awarded 380 bounties, totalling over 62K; clarifying that the account is automated and unmanned most of the time is helpful.
    – Rob
    Sep 27 '21 at 16:51

A mistake that folks make is they take "At Stack Exchange, we hate fun" a little too seriously. Folks want perfect, serious rigid order and that's... boring.

A little frivolity never hurt anyone. Much like how Community has a Not A Robot badge, things like this bring a little levity to the proceedings.

I do realise folks want everything nice and neat and serious... but there's space for things not so.

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