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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‚ô¶ 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‚ô¶ 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 Wizard Wearing Mask 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 Wizard Wearing Mask Oct 31 '14 at 22:44

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