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So, this question led me through a wild goose chase down the code, to figure out why this would be happening. Since the Community User does have a metadata record, with exactly one pageview recorded. And the logic is in place to record it when the profile pages are loaded. The process for saving new profile views is actually pretty optimized. It is async ...


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Personally, I think the edit action should dismiss the flag as disputed, which is actually what it did for a long time and I thought it still did. I was never able to figure out when the change actually took place though. There are other questions on Meta (one from August 2012 and another from August 2013) that suggest very low quality flags did get ...


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No change to the configuration value so far as I can see - it's max 1 per hour (which is what you're observing). Note that the posts eligible for bumping are those scoring >= 0 that have gone at least 30 days with no activity, have at least one non-deleted answer scoring 0 and none scoring more than that, and no accepted answer (also, they can't be deleted ...


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2nd Update: I have just run a backfill to fix all occurrences of this across all sites on the network (332 instances of it happening on the entire network that needed to be fixed, including 216 on SO). So if this appears for any questions closed after 2020-04-06T14:08Z then it means that the issues is still happening. Issue with the edit/original screen ...


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Update: July 2, 2019 The system no longer automatically downvotes posts as a result of automatic flags anymore. Update: August 31, 2017 Internally, we discussed several ways to implement this, but in the end we made them work the same as normal VLQ flags. That means, if the flag was marked helpful, but later receives an upvote the automatic downvote is ...


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It was manually awarded to Community user by the Stack Overflow team, as confirmed by Nick Craver♦ on Meta Stack Overflow: I was wondering how long it'd take meta to notice. About 21 hours, not too shabby.


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This is now fixed. "Commonmark migration" edits no longer add licenses to their revisions in the timeline or cause the post revision to change. A backfill is being run to fix this for any posts where this is relevant. on Markdown edit a license spawned no longer status-completed


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The system will now revoke the automatic downvote if, after the flag is marked Helpful, the post later gets an upvote. Remember, the automatic downvote essentially exists because folks use this flag in cases where they should be downvoting. As such, it serves an important role... But should still be considered weak compared to actually downvoting the post ...


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Maybe just put a temporary message below the question body, right where the "closed" message currently goes. Bumped by Community user 30 minutes ago Please help make the site better by reviewing existing answers and voting accordingly. That message should probably disappear after an hour or so, however long it takes for the "bump" to ...


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There are several reasons why this can happen, but in this case a question on drupal.se was flagged as spam from the Android app, and if the spam flag comes from the Android app, then so does the community user's automatic downvote that comes for free with a spam flag.


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Yes, this was a bug in the migration code. A fix migration is being rolled out (using the previous revision as the basis of the change). We also had a bug in the bump suppression code - these shouldn't have been bumped at all. That has been fixed now, so such mass edits on answers will not bump the related question (you may note that questions that got ...


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No, it's not possible. I can fill in a form specifying the reason for deletion, but upon submitting I get a 500 Internal Server Error page: Oops! Something Bad Happened! We apologize for any inconvenience, but an unexpected error occurred while you were browsing our site.


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When you look at the Community user's flag history you are seeing all the flags from deleted users which are assigned to Community. But there are also 10 flag types that are generated by the system in order to bring to moderator attention situations that might be missed by a site's users. These flags don't always indicate a problem (otherwise the system ...


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If the diamond was taken away, then people could impersonate it to a degree. Of course, if it's replaced by something else it isn't a problem. The user needs a diamond because it does carry out diamond actions. It's already clear that the user is a bot from the profile. Most of the confused MSO questions are about why the bot behaves as it does, with no ...


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As of about a week ago, there's a new PostHistory record added when Community bumps a post: These are also in the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (PostHistoryType #50), so you can query and analyze the effects of bumping as much as you like (keeping in mind that there's no record prior to May 4th, 2016). Here's an example. Credit here goes to: Konamiman (...


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That specific old question could be protected by the amount of views it generated or the total amount of answers, since protection kicked in whenever a question had over 10 answers or 10,000 views. Whatever happened first. Right now isn't like that, protection only kicks in: when 3 to 20 (depending on site) low reputation users answer a question in the ...


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This was asked on Meta.Judaism, and is currently status-review. However, that was May 2014 already. So, the team is already aware of this. It just doesn't seem to be high priority.


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The SharePoint site was originally SharePoint Overflow, a SE 1.0 site. As it was not possible for a moderator to merge* a user into Community [1]** and the favorite votes were created before the current site existed; the most likely explanation is that abandoned favorite votes were accidentally associated with Community when the data from the original site ...


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Mysticial got it right: even though the question was just closed, the vote was cast over a year ago. Close votes are not deleted when the user who cast them is - instead, ownership is given to the Community user. When a question is closed, the names of the voters who closed it are recorded in the post history. So questions closed after some voters have had ...


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All badge queries exclude Community in an effort to treat robots as second class citizens so that they don't get any delusions of grandeur and remain in their place of servitude to our great cause. This is quite intentional. And on a related note: obviously we'll be among the first victims of the robot uprising. ...and I guess it's worth mentioning ...


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Thanks for suggesting this feature change. I've modified the code so that posts which have been deleted by the Community user can be voted for undeletion. Note that all other moderator-deleted posts will still behave as they do today: you will not be able to vote to undelete them. This will be live in the next prod release (> rev 2014.7.3.2354). Please let ...


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The usefulness of a bot has already been proven. And it's not the only one bringing problems to peoples' attention. The real question you seem to be asking is whether a bot making posts would be harmful. If the bot's doing something practically Watson-like, then sure, that's great. If it can stitch together a valid, correct answer, and do it all in well-...


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There are a few automatic downvotes, which get attributed to the community user. Spam/offensive flags add a downvote Questions closed for certain reasons used to get an auto-downvote. They no longer do, but the old ones are probably counted in the totals you see. Very Low Quality flags that are dismissed as helpful trigger an automatic downvote. Normally ...


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However, It did not really modify the question, It rather just visited it. It didn't do that either. Community is not a real person; it can't "visit" anything. It chose it semi-randomly from a list, and set the LastActivityDate on it to the current time in order to make it appear on the active lists. This is the same thing that happens when ...


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In the case of a duplicate-finding bot, this would be extremely useful if it works well. But it shouldn't take the form of an answer, the proper response by a real user would be to comment, flag or vote to close as duplicate. What I'd do with such a bot would be to feed it into a dedicated chat room and get a few active users to check the suggestions by ...


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You can stop Community from bumping a question by: Upvoting that answer, if it merits it. An answer with a positive score prevents the bump. Answering it yourself, if the current answer is inadequate. If yours is good, somebody will presumably upvote it and then Community will stop bumping it. Downvoting the question if it deserves it. The Community user ...


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The question had two downvotes on it as well, and was deleted when the score was 0. The downvotes were later invalidated due to some voting irregularities, which caused the score to rise back up to 2. I've gone ahead and undeleted it.


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The description of the badge is: Served as a pro-tem moderator for at least 1 year or through site graduation. Community (and Stack Overflow employees with diamonds) are not pro-tem moderators and thus not eligible for the badge.


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To have edits "approved" or "denied" by community according to one of several criteria (only one approval and a timeout has expired) for instance seems like a bit of a hack, and it seems like in the majority of these cases a special case could be implemented in the view which explains what actually happened in the event of a community bot action. There was ...


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