While browsing this meta site, i came across this question, the user who asked it is community, i quote:

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

from what i understand, it's a bot, but it asked this question, how come a bot ask a question? And if community profile is used by moderators, i mean if moderators used that account to ask the question, then how come other moderators close it? I'm confused

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The community user (which is indeed a bot and is not used by the moderators) is used, as described above, to do light background cleanup work on the main chess site, and there is a similar community user on every site that is part of the SE network. It is also set up to ask occasional questions, like the one you link to, on the meta side of the chess site only, not on the main site. The question you noticed was posted by the community user just to draw attention to the site's self-evaluation process, soliciting feedback from the user base. It was closed by Andrew as "too localized" after it had served its purpose and the site self-evaluation period had ended, making the post no longer relevant or useful.

  • ah ok thanks sir
    – Lynob
    Jul 20, 2013 at 16:41

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