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Sometimes some old questions appear and are called "active today" , without any visible signs how they were activated.

I thought activation could happen by editing or community rotating it forward. What is the other method?

In this particular case no edits and no community; the questioner has not been seen since the days of his question.

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Our good friend Community ♦ bumps old posts that are "unanswered". An "answered" post is one that has at lease one answer with at least one upvote (or accept)

See https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/19739/178438 as well.

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    $\begingroup$ but when it does that the author becomes "community" this is not the case in the link I provide. $\endgroup$ – anna v Feb 17 '13 at 12:55
  • $\begingroup$ @annav: On the main page, it shows Community (i.stack.imgur.com/LLkXi.png). When Community edits a post, it has nothing to do with the auto bumping. That's when an anonymous user suggests an edit. And then, it shows up as the editor. $\endgroup$ – Manishearth Feb 17 '13 at 13:00
  • $\begingroup$ thanks, did not notice that $\endgroup$ – anna v Feb 17 '13 at 14:13

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