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What's the proper way to bump a thread?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 23, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Sometimes a question already has been asked, but the answers are a bit disappointing. What can we do about this?

I often see people answering questions with something like "I'd like an answer to this question too...". Shouldn't there be a more elegant solution to this problem?

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on February 02, 2012
at 01:35 AM

@Kewpie, it is not "in opposition to the PaleoHacks rules" to re-ask a question while explaining why you didn't find the previous answers satisfactory. Also, it is perfectly acceptable to re-ask a question by linking to it and explaining that new information is now available. What is discouraged at PaleoHacks is repeating the same questions over and over without any research or reference to what has already been asked and answered.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on February 02, 2012
at 01:08 AM

in fact i did not know that anyone could edit other peoples questions until recently, however to do this you need a reputation score of 2000 or more. & as i currently have less than 2000 points, i do not have the option to edit

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on February 02, 2012
at 01:01 AM

in fact i did not know that anyone could edit other peoples questions until recently, however to do this you need a reputation score of 2000 or more. & as i have less than 2000 points, i do not currently have the option to edit.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on February 02, 2012
at 12:56 AM

in fact i did not know that anyone could edit other peoples questions until recently, however to do this you need a reputation score of 2000 or more. & as i have less than 2000 points, i do not have the option to edit.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on February 02, 2012
at 12:51 AM

i was actually referring to OP editing their own question to bump it & hopefully get new interest.....But i get your point. probably could have said, politely ask the OP to Edit the Title & change it (rephrase it) to something more current/exciting/interesting/enticing/attention-grabbing....?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 23, 2011
at 10:04 PM

probably should have said, politely ask the OP to Edit the Title & change it (rephrase it) to something more current/exciting/interesting/enticing/attention-grabbing....?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 23, 2011
at 10:04 PM

i should have said, politely ask the OP to Edit the Title & change it (rephrase it) to something more current/exciting/interesting/enticing/attention-grabbing....?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 23, 2011
at 10:00 PM

i was actually referring to OP editing their own question to bump it & hopefully get new interest.....But i get your point.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 23, 2011
at 04:37 PM

to be more specific i have mine set to "Questions" --> "active". I don't start from the default Recent Questions page. Maybe it makes no diff tho.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 23, 2011
at 04:33 PM

to be more specific i have mine set to "Questions" --> "active". I don't start from the default Recent Questions page. I don't think newly answered questions get bumped there.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 23, 2011
at 04:22 PM

yes, editing the question will bump it in both the active and recent tabs.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 23, 2011
at 03:26 PM

Thanks grenadine, I had originally said put a new answer but edited b/c it didn't bump it up. I see my settings are on "recent". So the solution to reach the most people (you can't reach everyone with the options for most votes and such) would be to post an answer and edit the question with a "bump".

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 23, 2011
at 02:42 PM

new answers bump the question in the "active" tab.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 23, 2011
at 02:36 PM

it bumps in the "active" tab.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on November 23, 2011
at 11:15 AM

Now there's still a problem with that : I hate messing with other person's questions/answers.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on November 23, 2011
at 11:14 AM

Can you put a bounty on someone else's question?

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13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on November 23, 2011
at 01:19 PM

I've run into this issue, too, and I mentioned it in another meta post. Sometimes old questions have no real answer, no decent answer, or information has changed since then. I was told it was possible to resurrect old questions, but I don't know how well that works. My page is set to show me new questions, not the most popular questions, so anyone else with my settings would never see a resurrected question. I realize I could change my settings but then I would miss new questions that aren't super popular--but might still be of interest to me.

I don't really see why it's a problem to re-ask a question that hasn't been discussed for a long time and didn't have satisfactory answers in the first place--or questions where new information is now available. However since this is in opposition to the PaleoHacks rules, I think the best thing to do is try to find a new angle on the question so you can legitimately ask it again.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on February 02, 2012
at 01:35 AM

@Kewpie, it is not "in opposition to the PaleoHacks rules" to re-ask a question while explaining why you didn't find the previous answers satisfactory. Also, it is perfectly acceptable to re-ask a question by linking to it and explaining that new information is now available. What is discouraged at PaleoHacks is repeating the same questions over and over without any research or reference to what has already been asked and answered.

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 23, 2011
at 12:10 PM

OK, I thought new answers bumped a question, but mine just now did not. So how about editing in "EDIT: Bump!"?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 23, 2011
at 02:42 PM

new answers bump the question in the "active" tab.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 23, 2011
at 03:26 PM

Thanks grenadine, I had originally said put a new answer but edited b/c it didn't bump it up. I see my settings are on "recent". So the solution to reach the most people (you can't reach everyone with the options for most votes and such) would be to post an answer and edit the question with a "bump".

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 23, 2011
at 04:22 PM

yes, editing the question will bump it in both the active and recent tabs.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 23, 2011
at 02:36 PM

it bumps in the "active" tab.

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 23, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Not a solution, more of a tangential tip: Bookmarking PH to the "active" tab allows one to view new questions, newest answers to all questions, and anything recently bumped.

Bonus is that it shows who last answered, so it's also a way to sometimes catch yr fave PHers answering questions you might not have otherwise clicked.

Try bumping an old question, Korion - maybe someone new will answer?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 23, 2011
at 04:37 PM

to be more specific i have mine set to "Questions" --> "active". I don't start from the default Recent Questions page. Maybe it makes no diff tho.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on November 23, 2011
at 04:33 PM

to be more specific i have mine set to "Questions" --> "active". I don't start from the default Recent Questions page. I don't think newly answered questions get bumped there.

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 23, 2011
at 03:30 PM

Putting this as a separate answer b/c it is a bit for a different audience. I subscribe to the Questions feed here at PH. I notice that the same question(s) were coming through multiple times while others were one-and-done. This appears to be related to when the original question is edited. I do not know how many keep an eye on PH with the Question feed (I think those could be displayed more prominently FWIW), but bumping this way would reach the feed readers.

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 23, 2011
at 10:51 AM

Edit the Title & change it to something more exciting/interesting/enticing/attention-grabbing....?

edit/rephrase following feedback comment:

Courteously ask the OP to Edit the Title & change it (rephrase it) to something more current/exciting/interesting/enticing/attention-grabbing.....

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 23, 2011
at 10:04 PM

i should have said, politely ask the OP to Edit the Title & change it (rephrase it) to something more current/exciting/interesting/enticing/attention-grabbing....?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 23, 2011
at 10:00 PM

i was actually referring to OP editing their own question to bump it & hopefully get new interest.....But i get your point.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 23, 2011
at 10:04 PM

probably should have said, politely ask the OP to Edit the Title & change it (rephrase it) to something more current/exciting/interesting/enticing/attention-grabbing....?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on November 23, 2011
at 11:15 AM

Now there's still a problem with that : I hate messing with other person's questions/answers.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on February 02, 2012
at 01:08 AM

in fact i did not know that anyone could edit other peoples questions until recently, however to do this you need a reputation score of 2000 or more. & as i currently have less than 2000 points, i do not have the option to edit

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on February 02, 2012
at 12:56 AM

in fact i did not know that anyone could edit other peoples questions until recently, however to do this you need a reputation score of 2000 or more. & as i have less than 2000 points, i do not have the option to edit.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on February 02, 2012
at 01:01 AM

in fact i did not know that anyone could edit other peoples questions until recently, however to do this you need a reputation score of 2000 or more. & as i have less than 2000 points, i do not currently have the option to edit.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on February 02, 2012
at 12:51 AM

i was actually referring to OP editing their own question to bump it & hopefully get new interest.....But i get your point. probably could have said, politely ask the OP to Edit the Title & change it (rephrase it) to something more current/exciting/interesting/enticing/attention-grabbing....?

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on November 23, 2011
at 10:29 AM

Put a bounty on it.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on November 23, 2011
at 11:14 AM

Can you put a bounty on someone else's question?

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