Why does a question appear as modified by the Community user, but when you click on it there's nothing in the question or its answers done by him/it ?

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    Aaargh! That Community user sticks its fingers everywhere!
    – random
    Commented Oct 3, 2009 at 14:56
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    Oh the irony; the accepted answer there is by the same user! Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 12:07

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kd304 describes the most likely reason for "Community ♦" getting involved. Just for completeness, there is another purpose that you don't want to see on your posts... it is "Community ♦" who gets the blame if your post is obliterated as spam/offensive. Of course, you'd probably need > 10k rep to see the remains of such a post...


Community user is an automated process to stirr up some old and unanswered question. Actually, the user page belonging on the Community user describes its purpose.

  • ah, it bumped it?
    – juan
    Commented Jul 18, 2009 at 22:09
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    You should be awarded a badge for meeting with the misterious stranger (F3 :)
    – akarnokd
    Commented Jul 18, 2009 at 22:11
  • As for that user page, for example: superuser.com/users/-1/community
    – Arjan
    Commented Oct 3, 2009 at 15:27

There's another reason for a question appearing to have been modified by the Community user - when a question is migrated, it's shown as edited by the Community user on the target site.


When this is happening it is just the Community user making an "edit" (even though nothing is changed) to a random older post, to give it a bump (keeps the homepage fresh and helps questions that might have been missed get more attention).

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