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This question recently popped to the top of the active question queue. I spent some time reading the question, added some comments, and then realized that the last visible activity was a month ago.

To make sure I wasn't losing my mind, I returned to the Active queue to see if the question really had appeared there. I saw that the activity was generated by the Community user:

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Since no edits appear on the question or answers, what is Community doing that causes the question to be considered "active?" For what it's worth, I have noticed the same behavior a handful of times before today.

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marked as duplicate by Bart, animuson Jul 26 '13 at 19:14

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The community user will "Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention" as one of its jobs. As described in its profile page. –  Oded Jul 26 '13 at 19:07
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Also dupe of this one. –  Shadow Wizard Jul 26 '13 at 19:15
    
question title is wrong, should be Community, WTH are you doing? Or, maybe, even WTH are you? –  gnat Jul 26 '13 at 19:25
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@gnat I was tempted to go with: "Community, wat r u doin? Community, stahp!" but I resisted, mostly. –  George Cummins Jul 26 '13 at 19:26

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Community will periodically "ping" questions that have no accepted answers and are older in order to provide the question with more visibility to improve the chance of an accepted answer.

Yes, Oded, I did borrow the link from your comment. Thank you.

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The community user is controlled by our robot overlords who sometimes get a hankering to give stale unanswered questions some love. Anything that isn't downvoted to death, but hasn't gotten any answer love, is eligible for this periodic bump.

They do this by bumping the question to the home page.

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