I have often seen, on the front page, a question from years ago showing up as “Active” due to an update made by “Community ♦”. Specifically, this question does not show any activity with ?lastactivity (accessible from the front page by clicking the link that looks like “24m ago”).

The revision histories of the question and both answers show nothing indicating an edit.

I don't know why it shows up in the “Active” section if the changes made are silent.


Questions with no or no upvoted answers (as the one referenced in the question) will get reinfected into the front page a few times automatically to get more attention. As no user is involved the user is shown as "community".

Like many users, community has a profile page that explains what they like to do on the site. In this case, community is a robot that randomly pokes these questions:

  • @grgarside Whether it shows "Community" or the actual user of the deleted post depends on your reputation. If you are allowed to see deleted posts (>10k) you see the user. Otherwise you see "Community".
    – nohillside Mod
    Apr 15 '14 at 21:46
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    Was this a recent change? On other sites where I have <10k I think I still see the user for deleted content — feel free to rollback though :)
    – grg Mod
    Apr 15 '14 at 21:48
  • Even if you can't see the deleted answer? Hmm, you're probably right then :-)
    – nohillside Mod
    Apr 15 '14 at 21:54
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    I am far below 10K and see the actual user when answers are deleted. It is occasionally confusing (more so when I first started noticing it)
    – dwightk
    Apr 16 '14 at 14:51

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