I saw my own question in the recently active question lists as this:

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And I wonder what caused this specific user to show up as having modified it. I know that edits, and (deleted) answers cause a question to be modified, but I, as OP, got no notification of either.

So using the new nifty timeline button, I went to investigate.

Which lead me to this:

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Where the question was reopened, and the decisive fifth vote was cast using the mighty dupe hammer.

I can't recall another question that was recently active by re-opening, so is this and edge case cause by wielding the un-dupe hammer?

  • A finer investigation shows that the reopen was gold hammered - don't reopen, but the last hammer won (and being 5th only really counted as a regular vote, but overrode previous dissensions). Had it been a FR it might not have been closed as a duplicate in the first place, reopens don't record a reason (unfortunately).
    – Rob
    Jan 22, 2020 at 13:21

1 Answer 1


Reopening a question always modifies/bumps it, regardless of a dupe-hammer (or binding ♦ moderator vote) being used or not. The idea behind this might be that it's now 'active' again and ready to receive new answers; conversely, a closed question cannot get new answers and is therefore not bumped when the final close vote is cast.

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