Under what circumstances does the community user upvote answers?

As a side note, why does it not have the civic duty badge?

  • It doesnt earn any badges, collect tags, or anything. 4 Jan 13, 2012 at 20:55
  • Well, it can't collect tags because it does not ask or answer questions, but why does it not get civic duty for voting?
    – soandos
    Jan 13, 2012 at 21:03
  • @soandos Maybe badges are only actually awarded (retroactively) when logging in. And Community never logs in.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Jan 13, 2012 at 21:05
  • @SimonSheehan That's not entirely true. Community gets reputation from accepted answers of questions that were migrated and whose users don't have an account here. Community also has flag weight, presumably due to anonymous users' flagging (if this is possible). And Community owns down votes (and possibly up votes?) of deleted posts.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Jan 13, 2012 at 21:07
  • @DanielBeck I phrased that poorly - it just doesn't display the information on "its" profile Jan 13, 2012 at 21:18
  • Probably a dumb question, but if Community is "not really a person"... who writes the edit summaries?
    – iglvzx
    Jan 14, 2012 at 2:03
  • @iglvzx it's an automated process. Ever edited a post without entering anything in the summary? No? Check it out.
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Jan 14, 2012 at 5:55
  • @DanielBeck Community has a flag weight because there are certain triggers that automagically flag low quality stuff. Whenever those are dealt with, Community's flag weight can change
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jan 14, 2012 at 14:56
  • @Ivo those "low quality post, score 78" things on the review page?
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Jan 14, 2012 at 15:03
  • Well it also flags things like posts that get too many comments, users who didn't accept our FAQ, stuff like that yeah
    – Ivo Flipse
    Jan 14, 2012 at 18:57
  • "why does it not have the civic duty badge?" The Community user does not earn badges, reputation or anything of the kind (except when a moderator decides otherwise). Dec 22, 2016 at 16:14

1 Answer 1


Community user holds votes of all deleted posts, deleted users, votes on posts which have been migrated but the owner of the post doesn't have an account.

It also holds the votes on Community wiki posts. As for the badges - no definite answer here but I assume negative user ids aren't considered while the badge calculation runs (note that the Community user id is -1)


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