I had a tab open on https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions, while I was writing a question on another tab. (I didn't notice I had two tabs open on the same site; probably a tab was open to a different Stack Exchange site, I was notified of a new comment/answer, and I clicked on the notification to read the full comment/answer.)
When I wrote the question, I checked the other tab to see if new questions were asked, and I found a box telling me that a new question was asked. When I clicked on that box, a new question was shown in the page, but I noticed that the question (mine) was reported to be modified, while I created it. My previous question was reported as asked.


In which cases the questions on https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions are shown as modified, instead of asked? I thought the questions on that page should always show asked. This is the first time I saw modified on the question page. Even on other Stack Exchange sites, I have never read modified.

  • I can't find any consistent pattern. I checked earlier and thought JLU had both modified and asked, but right now all questions on JLU show up as modified, even if they've never been edited! And now I see only asked on ELL, even though I saw both earlier. I really have no clue.
    – user230
    Aug 14, 2013 at 19:48

2 Answers 2


The question is old, but I think others can benefit from it even so.

There's a userscript at Stack Apps that tells you precisely what the activity that bumped the question was. It's called Stack Activity, and it works across all Stack Exchange sites.

Image shamelessly "stolen" from the Stack Apps post


I am not too sure but I added a tag "word-usage" to your question. Perhaps that was the reason it was being shown as modified.

  • On that page, modified is never used, even when somebody edits the question after it is asked. That is what I noticed in other Stack Exchange sites. Or it is the JavaScript code that wrongly uses modified instead of asked, or there is a reason to show modified. (It could be the code has been recently changed because it has been decided modified should be shown in specific cases.)
    – apaderno
    Jan 26, 2013 at 14:45
  • Or may be because you were editing it? I am just guessing here! :)
    – Mohit
    Jan 26, 2013 at 15:07

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