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bump (as the lone word in a Forum post) = Bump Up My Post = empty post added to bring topic back to top of Forum topic list. This is permissible in Book Bazaar topics once per day per topic.
It's usually done to prevent a topic from slipping to the second page of a forum.
Last Edited on: 3/9/09 3:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
"Bumping" is to just type 'bump' instead of a message in the reply box. It's to get that thread to the top of the list. In a lot of online forums it's considered a little annoying, depending on the context.
Like, if you were on a local forum and you were trying to sell something, and you kept replying 'bump' to yourself to keep your thread at the top, that would be kind of rude.
Here, I don't see it happen too often unless it's for a reason, like when they were doing Holiday card sign-ups and stuff. Or if you asked a question and no one had answered you.
Use 'bump' sparingly :)
ETA: Janelle, you beat me!
Last Edited on: 3/9/09 3:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 1