I have been seeing this question bumped to the top of the active list in Meta, showing in the list as having been modified by Community♦. However, when I look into it, I see no changes were made to the question itself, any of the answers, or any of the comments.

I haven't paid too much attention, but I sort of recall seeing the same on other questions in the past as well (this one I think), but I'm not sure of which questions get it or how often.

So, why does this keep bumping? Is this a bug or is it actually something happening behind the scenes that I just have the privs to see?

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    \$\begingroup\$ It's funny how Community♦ edited this question too :P \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 10, 2018 at 22:00

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Read the about me box in user Community♦'s profile. It says

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
  • \$\begingroup\$ I do know about that, and the most applicable point seems to me to be Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention, but both the questions I linked to are not unanswered. \$\endgroup\$
    – Gaffi
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 18:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Gaffi, a question is considered unanswered for bumping purposes if it doesn't have an answer which has either been upvoted or been accepted. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 20:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PeterTaylor Well, that makes sense, I suppose, but that's not really clearly stated anywhere, is it? (Did I miss it?) \$\endgroup\$
    – Gaffi
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 20:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Gaffi, I know I saw it somewhere, but I can't remember now where. Probably a meta post on another stack... \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 21:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Gaffi: blog.stackoverflow.com/2008/09/ok-now-define-answered \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 22:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks to both, especially for the link. I can rest easy now. ;-) For the record, I wasn't around SE in '08. \$\endgroup\$
    – Gaffi
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 0:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ "Stack Exchange" wasn't around in '08. Just Stack Overflow, and it was an itty bitty little corner of the web at the time. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 0:48

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