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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:33 am    Post subject: "Bumping" Topics Reply with quote

Three is no rule against "bumping" a topic. That is, to post a new reply to a topic to which there haven't been any replies for a while in order to bring that topic back up near the top of the topic list. But PLEASE, try to be a little more creative than just posting the word "bump". Try to come up with something to actually say. Here are a couple of generic examples:

Does anyone have anything further on this?
Is there anything more I should know or do?
Should I try anything else?

Please try to remember that the Hummer forums are linked to mailing lists. An e-mail with nothing but "bump" as the message body is meaningless. Mailing list users have a lot to contribute too, so don't exclude them or forget about them. It doesn't hurt to ask your question again or repeat the comment to which you want responses.

It doesn't take much brain power to come up with something to post other than the word "bump".

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find "bump" to be a perfect use of the thread.
If there is a question asked and nobody or few people have responded, it gets the thread bumped to the top and shows that the author is looking for more input.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

White Out wrote:
I find "bump" to be a perfect use of the thread.
If there is a question asked and nobody or few people have responded, it gets the thread bumped to the top and shows that the author is looking for more input.


As stated previously, there's nothing wrong with the act of "bumping" a topic. It was merely suggested that you do a little more than simply post the word "bump" and nothing else. Please note the following part:
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Please try to remember that the Hummer forums are linked to mailing lists. An e-mail with nothing but "bump" as the message body is meaningless. Mailing list users have a lot to contribute too, so don't exclude them or forget about them.

Some of the best contributors and most knowledgeable people here are mailing list users.

If you are not familiar with the way mailing lists work, each post, whether it be made via the forum or the mailing list, goes out over the mailing list immediately. Mailing list users receive them via e-mail in chronological order, not threaded like the forum. Now, imagine you get 100 or more e-mails per day via the HML. One of them in the middle somewhere is just the word "bump" and nothing else. Most would probably just skip it and move on.

I'm only suggesting that forum users be aware of the many mailing list users. It's also in the best interest of anyone "bumping" a topic that mailing list users know what's being "bumped". If more input is what you want, don't limit the number of members who might respond.

This is a unique system that integrates forums and mailing lists. The hardest part of doing this is that forum users tend to forget that they are also posting to a mailing list.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob wrote:

Please try to remember that the Hummer forums are linked to mailing lists. An e-mail with nothing but "bump" as the message body is meaningless. Mailing list users have a lot to contribute too, so don't exclude them or forget about them.
Some of the best contributors and most knowledgeable people here are mailing list users.

If you are not familiar with the way mailing lists work, each post, whether it be made via the forum or the mailing list, goes out over the mailing list immediately. Mailing list users receive them via e-mail in chronological order, not threaded like the forum. Now, imagine you get 100 or more e-mails per day via the HML. One of them in the middle somewhere is just the word "bump" and nothing else. Most would probably just skip it and move on.

I'm only suggesting that forum users be aware of the many mailing list users. It's also in the best interest of anyone "bumping" a topic that mailing list users know what's being "bumped". If more input is what you want, don't limit the number of members who might respond.

This is a unique system that integrates forums and mailing lists. The hardest part of doing this is that forum users tend to forget that they are also posting to a mailing list.


This applies to all replies actually. Nothing is more meaningless than to see a cryptic reply that doesn't quote a prior message to clarify what the reply is all about. The idea that they 'follow' each other is meaningless to the mail list users, and even confusing to web users at times! Always include sufficient information (but no more) so that your reply makes sense without requiring a reader to go back to prior messages!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what you are saying is that if you want help from people on the mailing list, don't "bump"; if you are fine with forum members help, "bump" works.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

White Out wrote:
So what you are saying is that if you want help from people on the mailing list, don't "bump"; if you are fine with forum members help, "bump" works.


This should not be difficult to understand. Again, there's nothing wrong with the act of "bumping" a topic. It is only suggested that you do something more than posting the single word "bump" and nothing else. Let mailing list users and others know some context. What are you bumping? What do you want more input about? A simple reminder would be very helpful. Quoting the message that you want more input about is helpful. The single word "bump" alone doesn't tell anyone anything.
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