This happens frequently, both on the main site and on meta: An old question pops back up on the front page, I open it, the text under the title says "Modified today", but when I check the timeline the last event is years ago, even if I show vote summaries.
Here's the latest one for me. This is happening as of 12:00 noon, EDT.
My guesses are
- I don't have high enough rep to see the latest event. (I have ~5k.)
- The event showing up in the timeline query is lagging behind the update of the "Last Modified" field, or some other database jiggery-pokery.
Do others see this happening too? Does anyone know why it happens?
Adding the key points from MartinSleziak's thorough answer below, for future readers:
- Questions get bumped by events on answers, which have their own, separate timelines.
- Use the "Modified" value, under the title, to take you to the latest activity. It is a link, despite not looking at all like a link.