Just scrolling through Stack Overflow, and saw this:

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I looked in and the author who asked it wasn’t Community. What does this mean? The real asker’s profile picture was gray.

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    Does this answer your question? Who is the Community user?
    – fsb
    Commented Dec 28, 2019 at 14:56
  • 1
    Can you link to the question this was? Commented Dec 28, 2019 at 15:57
  • So it’s who last made a change on the post?
    – stonefish
    Commented Dec 29, 2019 at 1:25

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Community can actually ask a question, but it's rare. Here are some examples:

This is usually the results of a script run by Stack Exchange staff, and won't happen on main sites.

But usually it's something else. As Jdrupal writes, it can bump a question; another possibility is a recent spam answer, where both the post and the account have been deleted. The community user will then 'own' the latest activity on the question as well.

  • What are the questions like?
    – stonefish
    Commented Dec 28, 2019 at 19:38
  • Also, the users profile picture was gray. I will mention that.
    – stonefish
    Commented Dec 28, 2019 at 19:39

This doesn’t mean that Community wrote the question, it just means that Community made a change on that post.

Usually it’s because the post was bumped to the homepage, in order for it to get attention.

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