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A way to bump topics without posting in them


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Add a button to each topic: "Bring this topic to top". The button would be disabled if the topic is locked or on the front page already.

Will edit the OP with eventual suggestions on how to further improve the idea. Edits below:
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A user could have a limited number of bumps to use per day/week. Alternatively, a topic could only be bumped once per day.
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4 hours ago, MagPrime said:

Only time a topic should be bumped is if there's something new to add or there's actual conversation being had.  One shouldn't constantly bump their topic just for the sake of it being on the front page.

If there's nothing else that should be done with a topic, it can get closed or forgotten. Either by its creator or the moderators.

A topic can reach the end of a discussion while being open, without the issue being resolved. This is when people start making posts that only say "Bump."
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52 minutes ago, DrivaMain said:

Bumping isn't a bad thing as long as you don't spam it. Sometimes people like your idea but refuses to comment because they don't know what to add to the discussion. Some people like your idea but not giving it a +1 rating because they forgot it existed.

2 minutes ago, Uthael said:

It can still cause others to be angry for "necroing threads". And it dilutes the topic, making it harder to read.

There are ways around that, though:
Some forums have a downvote, which hides the reply if in negative.
On other forums, you can bump a topic and delete your own post (which would also be fine).
There are some which treat upvotes like posts (posting "I agree.").
And there are some which have a version of the feature proposed in the OP.

 

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Simply bumping a topic in a forum has never been a good feature. Why is something old being brought back up? Oh there's someone with a new post on the topic that might change how someone might see the issue or bring something new to the table. Just bumping the thread doesn't add anything.

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3 hours ago, MagPrime said:

Only time a topic should be bumped is if there's something new to add or there's actual conversation being had.  One shouldn't constantly bump their topic just for the sake of it being on the front page.

If there's nothing else that should be done with a topic, it can get closed or forgotten. Either by its creator or the moderators.
A topic can reach the end of a discussion while being open, without the issue being resolved. This is when people start making posts that only say "Bump."

This is the topic that made me post this. A fine example:

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Bumping isn't a bad thing as long as you don't spam it. Sometimes people like your idea but refuses to comment because they don't know what to add to the discussion. Some people like your idea but not giving it a +1 rating because they forgot it existed.

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53 minutes ago, DrivaMain said:

Bumping isn't a bad thing as long as you don't spam it. Sometimes people like your idea but refuses to comment because they don't know what to add to the discussion. Some people like your idea but not giving it a +1 rating because they forgot it existed.

It can still cause others to be angry for "necroing threads". And it dilutes the topic, making it harder to read.

There are ways around that, though:
Some forums have a downvote, which hides the reply if in negative.
On other forums, you can bump a topic and delete your own post (which would also be fine).
There are some which treat upvotes like posts (posting "I agree.").
And there are some which have a version of the feature proposed in the OP.

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