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Until recently Mr. Community had one single reputation point, you can see it in this old screenshot:

User Community showing 1 rep on old screen capture

Now it has over 2K reputation all of a sudden.. what has caused this? Has it affected "real" members as well?

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    I think this has to do with lot of deleted high-voted offtopic/fun/subjective questions recently. This user owns votes on deleted posts. His rep graph is by the way also weird, it hits 60K.
    – user138231
    Commented Jan 30, 2011 at 14:54
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    @Bal but how deleting question can increase his rep? From the rep graph I came to believe it's related to community wiki: maybe upvote on post made community wiki by Mr. Community increase his rep now where it didn't before? Commented Jan 30, 2011 at 15:00
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    The votes of deleted posts has got to be somewhere. They won't be recalculated on per-user basis of the original voter. It's the community user who owns them. His rep shall decrease with the time again when the normal flow of deleted spam/junk posts (which are often downvoted) continues. It will however never be less than 1.
    – user138231
    Commented Jan 30, 2011 at 15:02
  • @Bal thanks, this is interesting.. hope that someone will come over and confirm this. :) Commented Jan 30, 2011 at 15:04
  • @BalusC, that graph does not go past 2008 (for me, at least). (Community on Super User, which came to life July 2009, has no reputation graph at all. Still at 1 there too.)
    – Arjan
    Commented Jan 31, 2011 at 9:58
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    -1, that circle clearly isn't free-hand.
    – Justin
    Commented Jan 31, 2011 at 12:56
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    @Shadow: Ignore that, it's just a stupid meta meme. Commented Jan 31, 2011 at 13:55
  • @Donal thanks, was starting to fear I've done something wrong.. :P Commented Jan 31, 2011 at 16:14
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    And, @Shadow, just like everything else: it's even documented! ;-) But I like scary monks much better!
    – Arjan
    Commented Jan 31, 2011 at 18:08
  • @Arj thanks for the link! Makes some things lot clearer now.. :D Commented Jan 31, 2011 at 21:45
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    I wanted to keep count, but didn't. It seems like the reputation is kind of steady: 2,694 right now, on SO. And so it was on January 26th, before you even noticed the boost, according to Google's cache. Still 1 on SU and SF. Also its reputation graph has changed and goes past 2008 now. It's steady at about 60k since 2008-12-30 (and not in sync with the 2,694 reputation it shows).
    – Arjan
    Commented Feb 11, 2011 at 15:44
  • @Arjan: this is definitely vague.
    – user138231
    Commented Feb 11, 2011 at 15:57
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    I've no clue, but I am very curious. Maybe this needs some bumping to the front page. Not sure what's the best time to meet some SE developers here :-)
    – Arjan
    Commented Mar 27, 2011 at 20:55
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    Just FYI, community now takes over the bounty for users who are deleted but have an active bounty...to ensure it's awarded (half, since it has to be awarded automatically) correctly, since users did put extra effort into answering those questions in many cases. Commented Mar 28, 2011 at 13:13
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    @Arjan yeah, noticed this some time ago as well plus it no longer show all sites under its Accounts section (although it's showing nicely in its network profile :)) so guess it's finally sorted out. Now what makes me curious how it managed to collect some favorites? ;) Commented Jun 10, 2012 at 10:11

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Just a wild guess: edits proposed by unregistered low reputation users show as made by Community. Maybe Community is then also earning the reputation for that? From an old comment:

There may be a capped reputation incentive (at the moment we are thinking you can get up to 1000 points 2 at a time for good edits)

Not sure if this is indeed implemented! Given the large increase of reputation, I guess the team might have been using unregistered users to test. On the other hand: at the time of writing this, on Super User the reputation was still 1, despite approved edits.

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    I suspect that we will find that out when we really need him.
    – Pops
    Commented Feb 11, 2011 at 17:21
  • The Super User Community user has now around 200 rep...
    – fretje
    Commented Mar 28, 2011 at 8:24
  • Yup, @Fretje, see the comments on the question itself.
    – Arjan
    Commented Mar 28, 2011 at 8:54
  • This looks about right. The rep goes somewhere, why not the bot? Bots have desires too.
    – random
    Commented Jul 30, 2011 at 14:40
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If you check his reputation graph, you'll see that his rep seems to come from Community Wiki posts.

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    Yep but those posts were there for long time - wonder what has changed.. Commented Jan 31, 2011 at 9:52
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    Indeed, like @Shadow says: what has changed? And above all: I cannot get that graph to go past 2008. And even then it was already 60k. But so far that always showed as 1. Community on Super User (which came to life July 2009) has no reputation graph at all.
    – Arjan
    Commented Jan 31, 2011 at 9:57
  • Ah, the reputation graph has been fixed. Almost steady at about 60k since 2008-12-30, but on October 20th Community started a bounty of 500 points on Directed graph SQL.
    – Arjan
    Commented Feb 11, 2011 at 16:16

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