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Screenshot of the Mi Yodeya front page, showing a question listed as "modified" by Double AA

Only problem is, I didn't modify that top question; I answered it. FTR it was a second answer and I subsequently deleted my first answer, but still no modification to be heard of.

  • Somewhere else on the network (but I don't remember where), I saw "modified" show up when the action was the deletion of an answer. – Monica Cellio Apr 27 '14 at 18:07
  • @MonicaCellio Deletion does not bump? – Double AA Apr 27 '14 at 18:08
  • Hmm, good point -- deletion isn't supposed to. The other case I saw was like this one -- there was recent activity (bumping the post) and then a deletion. I don't know if deletions are now bumping or there's just something funky with this combination of events. (This may call for science.) – Monica Cellio Apr 27 '14 at 18:13
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The status you see there relates to the whole thread (questions + answers). When an answer is deleted we don't bump the last activity date, we just set the last activity type as modified. We can't leave it with an answered status since this would allow for questions with 0 answers to have an answered status. Unfortunately history is tracked for each post (question/answer) separately, there is no global question timeline on record, so we can't simply pop to the last state, and computing it would be, too, a bit expensive (we'd have to read & compare all posts + their timelines to compute the correct state).

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