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Subject: Bump?
Date Posted: 4/28/2009 11:54 PM ET
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I tried searching the forums but couldn't find an answer.  What exactly is the "bump" meaning when it's in a post?  When do you use it and what is it for? 

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 12:03 AM ET
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It's used to bring a post that's gotten pushed way back in a thread to the front - usually with the intention of either renewing a question asked, where the poster has gotten little or no answer; or, in Book Bazaar (and such) it is used to call attention to an offer that hasn't been taken up, and is still available.

 

Hope that helped.

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 12:05 AM ET
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In other words - you just make a post on your thread using the word "bump".

Ruth

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 12:33 AM ET
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The Book Baazar has rules about how often you can Bump a topic to the front.  I believe it's only once a day.

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 4:43 AM ET
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All the forums are sorted by how recently someone posted to them.  (Except the red sticky ones that stay at the top.)  This doesn't matter in the smaller forums where there is little activity.  But in forums that have lots of posting, your thread will go down to the second page. 

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 7:01 AM ET
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BUMP is an acronym for "Bump Up My Post." It's mostly used by folks in the Book Bazaar where they are offering a deal and don't want their post to slip unnoticed onto the second page of threads, where hardly anyone would bother to look at it--and as others have said, there are rules about how to use it there. You can't just sit and hit "bump" on your post every hour.

It's not used much out in the "regular" forums.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 5:22 PM ET
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Hey--this is new to me, and potentially useful! I was in a situation not long ago where I could've used a "bump." HA HA! I can't believe I said "could 've used a bump." =snicker= Don't you wonder if the people who set this thing up were aware that a "bump" is a common term for a line or two of cocaine?

=s-s-s-snort . . SNIFF . . s-s-s-snort . . SNIFF=   Ahhhh.... thaaat's... goood... stuff...

Calm down, people. That was pretend. I promise not to be a self-fixated babbling moron for 10-20 minutes. GAD I hate that drug.

OK, Emily says, "All the forums are sorted by how recently someone posted to them." That's kinda what I thought. Now I take it that if you want the thread to stay on the first page, there's some content you want to stay visible. Couldn't you just check in once a day, and if necessary, post something that reinforces or adds a bit to that content? The situation I was in, was different, 'cause it was discussion, not a single piece of content; but that's what I did: I responded to another poster, someone responded to me, and talk was back underway. Sometimes a conversation's like an ant hill--it just needs a little kick.   

All right, let's say you can't do that for whatever reason. Ruth says you put the word "Bump" in a posting. That sounds like it could easily get lost in the shuffle. Should the posting contain only the word "Bump"? Who sees it and acts on it? Is there an ever-present, benevolent little bot reading all our postings, ready to jump if we use the word "bump"? =laugh= Please tell me what really happens.

--shout out to Rachel: Happy Happy! 'Sending you good vibrations for a smoooth delivery...

        Fiona



Last Edited on: 4/29/09 5:40 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/29/2009 7:14 PM ET
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Unless you're on SwapaGoat...  There a bump has a whole different meaning. 

(Mostly having to do with not being able to sit down...)

 

Date Posted: 4/29/2009 7:44 PM ET
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Anyone i in the discussion or who asks a question or the OP  can just write the word "bump" as a post  and that brings up to the top again.  Only one "bump" by the OP can be done per day on the BB.  As Emily said you don't need to do that if you post in a sticky thread.  And you can post more info at any time bypassing the "bump" restriction of one per day!

Ruth

ETA - Fiona - I enjoy your posts!



Last Edited on: 5/2/09 1:16 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/30/2009 2:49 PM ET
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I use it when I post a sale in the bazaar.... so it goes back to the first page, in case people haven't seen it. You can't really start a conversation on the bazaar unless someone orders from you....

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 3:08 PM ET
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Something is wrong with me!

Every time I see this topic I think that someone just submitted a Bump reply.

Date Posted: 4/30/2009 3:08 PM ET
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Bump :)

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 12:51 AM ET
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I'm sorry to say this, Ruth, but your posting is awash in what I call "alphabet soup"--combos of letters that only make sense to some of your readers, and are thus impolite to use. ETA has meant "Estimated Time of Arrival" ever since the space program got underway, and everyone I know has been using it to mean just that for my whole 50+ years on the planet. So I'm really blocked about how you're using it. Extra-Topical Addition? Easy to Add? Who knows... As for OP... Offensive Person? =smile= Help me out here, and please don't spew noodle-letters again. Pretty please?  I'll cut you a break on BB, but only because the Book Bazaar has been mentioned numerous times in this thread already. It's still pretty arcane, though. Why not just write "Book Bazaar"?

I know I'm being a big fat crab. I apologize. I'm crabby because no one has answered even one of the questions I asked in my posting. Hint: they're in the last paragraph, right above the shout out.

--clueless on multiple fronts, =sigh=

Fiona

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 1:16 AM ET
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OP is "original poster" meaning whoever started the thread. This is common across most forums, not just here.

I'm guessing that she is using "ETA" to mean "Edited to Add".

All right, let's say you can't do that for whatever reason. Ruth says you put the word "Bump" in a posting. That sounds like it could easily get lost in the shuffle. Should the posting contain only the word "Bump"? Who sees it and acts on it? Is there an ever-present, benevolent little bot reading all our postings, ready to jump if we use the word "bump"? =laugh= Please tell me what really happens.

Typically, people just say "bump" in the thread. That moves their topic back to the top of the forum. They could type in some other long meaningless phrase to move their post up, too. Or, they could add some additional info. Adding another reply to the thread moves it up to the top, no matter the content.

There are no "bump" police. Some forums have rules about how often you may "bump" your thread. Usually once per day. If you bump your thread multiple times, other posters who are only bumping their threads once per day may get annoyed and report you to TPTB. (The Powers That Be, meaning people who run PBS) If you are adding a meaningful piece of info to the thread, then it is not considered "bumping". I think this covers it.

 

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 1:28 AM ET
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"All right, let's say you can't do that for whatever reason. Ruth says you put the word "Bump" in a posting. That sounds like it could easily get lost in the shuffle. Should the posting contain only the word "Bump"? Who sees it and acts on it? Is there an ever-present, benevolent little bot reading all our postings, ready to jump if we use the word "bump"? =laugh= Please tell me what really happens."

I'm sorry if my post confused you or anyone else.  Overuse of acronyms is bad.  There are a few acronyms that members use to speed the time when posting and not having to look back to see what the details are - like the name of the original poster. 

You can put anything including only the word "bump" in a post to bring it back up to the top or the first page of a forum.  If that's all you want to do to keep it where people can see it. Frequently when a post goes to page 2 or further no one will bother to go back to read threads even if they were posted that day.  So when you see the "bump" you know why and how it got to the top.  Adding content can get boring if all you want to do is trade an unpostable.   All Sara said applies.  Once people get used to what the acronyms mean they don't seem to be bothered.  It's common message board shortcuts. 

So when you go to your thread and post a new reply with the word "bump", that accomplishes the refresh that you would want to stay on Page One of the forum and it's a very common practice that no one needs to read.  It dosn't mean anything else, so it doesn't matter if it gets "lost".

Ruth

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 1:52 AM ET
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There is a glossary of abbreviations.  Of course I was lurking here for about six months before finding it and having a lightbulb moment.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=217