What does the /users endpoint look for when sorting on modified date?

For the /users endpoint in the Stack Exchange API v2.3, what does the modified filter in sort field look for? It is unclear from the API documentation.

  1. Does modified date include any change triggered by system or user (change in user details or change in reputation by the system)?
  2. Does it includes only the user made changes like details change or something?
  3. Does it includes only the System triggered changes like changes in reputation, badge count etc?
  4. Does it includes any changes in user profiles?

More precisely, I am interested to know whether modified date includes system triggered changes (reputation change, badge count etc) or not?

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    I have no idea. Right now, if you ask for the last modified users on this very site, you're the first entry (seems logical, you signed up today) and this is the second entry. That user hasn't been seen for quite a while and even with moderator tools I have no idea what happened to them today.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 8:10
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    could you vote this up, this so that its reputation get changed and it should appear by modified filter in top places. Currently it is on 10th places. It is for testing purpose
    – John Byro
    Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 8:38
  • I'm pretty sure reputation modifications don't count towards this sorting option.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 8:44
  • Without actual results, we can be assured of that. We need to test that first. See if you can vote that up , will update in answer
    – John Byro
    Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 8:52
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    If it would, I would appear higher in the list...
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 9:17


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