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Is it possible to talk to the Community user? If not, why? So you may know it's a bot that sometimes bumps old unanswered questions, owns community votes, own downvotes on permanently deleted questions, and deletes abandoned questions. But can you talk to it? If not, why?

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    It's an exceptionally good listener. :b
    – W.O.
    Jan 16 at 5:04
  • This was tried a while ago and disabled because it got out of hand. Jan 16 at 5:46
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    "But can you talk to it?" - what exactly do you imagine this would involve? One does not normally "talk to" even other human users of the site, the way that I understand "talk to". Jan 16 at 7:16
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    The community user very much exists so actions could be attributed to someone should the user account be deleted or something else happened. I vaguely recall in the early days that spammers got merged into it too. Jan 16 at 7:37
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    Yes, it is possible. As for whether the bot will react, that is another matter. Jan 16 at 12:15
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    @Sonic it got nothing to do about chat. Question is about the community user, not the chatbot. Either way the question is utterly unclear, and can't really be salvaged, so not very relevant. Jan 16 at 15:16
  • It’s not a bot. It’s a user that is used to submit automatically generated comments on the behalf of reviewers who were being attacked when those same automated comments were automatically being submitted on their behalf. ChatGPT chatbots are dumb, it would be a waste of money, to develop one.
    – Ramhound
    Jan 19 at 3:49
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    @Ramhound while I agree that it's a mistake to call or label it a "bot", it's also far from being a "user". User implies there is a person (single person) behind it, and that's just not the case with Community user. It's more like a "dummy account" created to be used in various ways, not only review which you mentioned. Part of this is listed in the profile. Jan 19 at 14:18
  • I certainly described it as a user who only does things on behalf of users automatically
    – Ramhound
    Jan 19 at 19:21

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As of January 16th, 2024, Community [Bot] is a "dumb bot"; it's not a chatbot, it's not an AI either, it's a "background process". The "Community [Bot]" user display name is used instead of the user display name belonging to an end-user.

Please note that the user profile and the user card for this "bot" show the [Bot] label/tag.

Snip of the Community [Bot] user profile

From the Community [Bot]'s user profile (taken on January 15th, 2024):

About

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

Due to the notability that chatbots took after the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, you might be expecting to be able to interact with it as it's possible to do with bots powered by ChatGPT API or like. Considering this, you might be interested in learning about OverflowAI, the brand used by Stack Exchange, Inc., "marketed" as Stack Overflow, since the summer of 2023 to talk about the AI things they are doing with AI/Gen AI. They have a microsite about this https://stackoverflow.co/labs.

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