One of the duties of the community user is to

Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention

according to the Community user FAQ.

This seems to only happen for questions with non-upvoted answers, but not for questions without any answers at all. I did go through a large number of posts on two sites where I am a mod (so I can see deleted answers), and I found no examples where the community user bumped a post that never had any answers at all. I always thought that the community user was supposed to also bump entirely unanswered questions.

Is this a bug, or is this intentional and the description of the community user is simply misleading?

  • 4
    Side question: how do you see which posts Community has bumped? Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 14:05
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    @BilltheLizard perhaps make that a Meta question ;)
    – Bart
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 14:09
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    @BilltheLizard The hard way, making a search for all unanswered questions and scanning it for questions last edited by community. Not exhaustive, but the best I can do with the regular search. Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 14:13
  • Dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/q/31480/152859 (can't vote to close due to bounty) Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 16:10
  • But I'll support feature request asking to change the current behavior, maybe let it bump based on other factors. :) Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 16:11
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    @ShadowWizard I don't see how this is a dupe, it does ask about a single question and not a specific pattern, and the answer from Jeff indicates that unanswered questions should be bumped, so this is actually a bug and not by design Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 17:12
  • @Mad "Question 2 has 19 views, no upvotes, no comments, no answers and has never once been bumped" and it's marked by design meaning the current design is indeed that questions with no answers are never bumped. Jeff response should explain why the design is this way, though I didn't quite get it myself. Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 22:40

2 Answers 2


It's actually by design:

Note that the posts eligible for bumping have gone at least 30 days with no activity, have at least one answer scoring 0 and none scoring more than that, and no accepted answer (also, they can't be locked or closed).


If you want an unanswered old question bumped, you have to answer it. :)

If you're lucky, you may get badges!

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