Ive been looking at the Classified forum and someone has been writing "bump" in response to some of the ads. Does anyone know what that means? Are they false ads??
Thanks for your helP!
It means they're bumping the thread to the top of the list, so people will see it (again), and perhaps respond.
"Bump"ing a post in a discussion is simply a means of raising it to the top of the list again. In the classified section it is a means of letting people know that the item is still available without cluttering up the board with a duplicate posting. People will often do this when they see their posting is generating a lot of views but few responses. People also do this when their new ad plummets quickly off the first page because another poster (like a realtor) has dumped a lot of ads above them and their ad hasn't had the exposure they were hoping for.
BTW, bumping is considered poor etiquette in forum circles. NOT complaining, at all. I've done it myself.
(someone had too, this thread was just begging for it)
@Juanita, that's interesting. As a matter of etiquette it must vary from forum to forum. I've never known it to be frowned upon unless it's abused. Forum posts which serve an informational purpose but which may not require a reply can be bumped indefinitely so that they stay in view of forum visitors.
The only bump abuse I'm aware of is when a seller in a classified section bumps their ad excessively when there is clearly no interest in their offering.
The rules of this particular forum just says to "limit" bump posts because people will be expecting something new/different. On other boards, I've read that bumps are not allowed unless they actually do say something different, like a price change, etc. I don't recall ever seeing anyone have a problem with it, although sometimes the same ad bumped over and over can get tiresome, if nothing has changed.
I agree that if a business comes on and posts numerous ads at one time, sending your one little ad to the next page, then a bump is definitely called for.