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In any post there are three attributes:

  1. Asked
  2. Viewed
  3. Active

What is the meaning of the active in a post?

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"Active" shows when the post was last active. Active means that it has a change: an edit, an answer, an edit to an answer, bumped by Community♦ etc...

It might happen that the "last activity indicator" displays an activity which is nowhere to be seen. This can be the result of:

  • an answer which has been deleted since then (spam/rude/not an answer etc);
  • a bounty being set up;
  • a closed question being reopened (last activity then reads modified by whoeverCastedLastReopenVote);
  • the Community♦ user bumping the question so that its answer can be peer reviewed/accepted.

New comments don't make a question "active".

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    I think adding a bounty also affects this, but not sure (and not handing one out just to test :-) ). – Monica Cellio Oct 31 '14 at 16:36
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    @MonicaCellio true, starting a bounty is also considered activity on the question itself. However, awarding the bounty is not. – Shadow Oct 31 '14 at 22:43
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    Also affecting activity is reopening: the user with the last reopen vote appears as the one who "modified" the question, which might look confusing. – Shadow Oct 31 '14 at 22:44

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