The community bot has 5 reputation: why is this? Also, its Main User has 1 reputation, and only the Meta user has 5 reputation, which doesn't usually happen; even with people. Is this a bug?


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The Community user is special, as is explained on Meta.SE.

It's a bot operating on the entire network and it's reputation doesn't mean anything. For example: if you flag a question as spam the question is automatically downvoted as well. Somebody has to be responsible for that downvote, so it's attributed to Community. It doesn't have the reputation to do so, but that doesn't matter. It's a very special bot.

Community is active on every site. Community changed all Stack Exchange links from http to https inside posts when the support for it came on-line. It can reject edits, turn posts into a community wiki and a lot more.

Well, automated scripts do. And whenever actions need to be attributed to someone and it's done by an automatic script, it's attributed to Community.

Long story short: Community's reputation is irrelevant and it's not a bug. Simply a special case.

Have you noticed Community's user id?

  • \$\begingroup\$ I know everything, and yes: I have, it's -1. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 13, 2018 at 18:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ But have you seen that it was "Last seen Jan 19 '11 at 19:31"? \$\endgroup\$
    – Graipher
    Feb 14, 2018 at 10:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ The real confusion comes from why Meta has 5 rep and Main has 1. This added with the fact you can't get or lose rep on Meta... \$\endgroup\$
    – Peilonrayz Mod
    Feb 15, 2018 at 12:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Peilonrayz I suspect that's due to the minimum reputation required to be active on meta, although you'd have to ask the team to be sure. It's definitely not intuitive, one way or another. That's because Community is very, very special. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mast Mod
    Feb 15, 2018 at 13:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Mast Since Community has 1 rep on SO.Meta and on PPCG.Meta, I guess it "is very, very special" is the only answer... ): \$\endgroup\$
    – Peilonrayz Mod
    Feb 15, 2018 at 13:29

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