Posted by ESC on October 01, 2001

In Reply to: Bumps posted by R. Berg on October 01, 2001

: : : : : Recently, I read an exchange on a forum in which someone wrote to another "thanks for the bump". Now I know I should be more up to date on current lingo, and I know I've heard the term before, but what exactly does a "bump" mean in this usage? Thanks. -Patty

: : : : Yes, I have seen that also on other boards and forums.

: : : : Unlike this forum where a posting stays where it is and people just add to it, there are other forum software packages which, when someone responds to a posting, moves or "bumps" the posting and the reply to the top of the page.

: : : : So a subject or query which becomes inactive can be brought back to life by someone posting to it.

: : : : When this occurs the original poster will respond by saying "Thanx for the bump".

: : :
: : : Every once in a while I'm foolishly tempted to think the other format is better, because it brings your attention to the newest posts... but ... then I imagine those dreary Whole Nine Yards postings coming back again and again to the top, and I'm gratelful we have this format which allows them to sink slowly southward without a grave, unknelled, uncoffined, and un-bumped.

: : But it would be nice to be able to edit one's own posts.

: I'd like to edit mine sometimes, but I don't think bumpability would enable it. If I could change my message after posting it, others could change my message too. The potential for a game of "Let's you and him fight" is obvious.

No, there's a password so only you can edit your own post.