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Forum Decorum: Doing the Bump

Oct 11, 2007

by Lauren Engelhardt handmade and vintage goods

The Forums can be a fast-paced environment at times. We have thousands of members who use the Forums every day to ask for advice, discuss business, promote their shops or just connect with other crafty people on a social level. Sometimes it may seem like your voice is getting lost in the noise, especially after your thread sinks back several pages in its section of the Forums.

It’s times like these that it’s tempting to do the bump. What’s the bump? It’s the act of posting only a word or two – or maybe even just a single character – in order to "bring up my post" and give it another moment at the top of the Forums.

Sporadic use of bumping on the Forums is generally accepted. It’s always best if your post can add a meaningful comment or more information to the discussion. Bumping for bump’s sake with a single word or character is treading on sticky ground. You might even get an error message when you try to bump that reminds you to "please keep your posts relevant and useful."

Most community members will be understanding of the occasional thread bump. The repeating bump, however, is a different matter and may tax the patience of your fellow Etsians. Repeatedly bumping a thread, especially within a short time span, is the Internet equivalent of sitting in the backseat of the car chanting, "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? ARE WE THERE YET!?" A thread may be locked by Admin for repeated bumping that provides no new relevant or useful content.

Bumps should be used sparingly. When in doubt, remember the sage advice of the bumpbot and keep your posts relevant and useful.

In the Forum Decorum series, Lauren (stellaloella) and RobWhite of the Community team explain some of the finer points of cultural etiquette in Etsy’s community spaces. When something is an official site rule, we’ll be sure to link you up to the DOs and DON’Ts or Terms of Use. Simply consider these as tips for avoiding a forum faux pas.  

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  • SecretLentil

    SecretLentil said 9 years ago


  • stellaloella Admin

    stellaloella said 9 years ago

    (Cheeky Helen!)

  • RustedDesigns

    RustedDesigns said 9 years ago

    I love the "related items" all covered in bumps - too cute!

  • angelstuff

    angelstuff said 9 years ago

    I think I love this series :). Thank you!

  • KarmaRox

    KarmaRox said 9 years ago

    burps are relevant and useful. *titter!*

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead said 9 years ago

    ew. karma has a spider in her mouth. nice suggestions here.

  • AlbinaRose

    AlbinaRose said 9 years ago

    I love this idea. Hopefully those who need to will read them too!

  • littlebitsys

    littlebitsys said 9 years ago

    I love the related items!

  • germandolls

    germandolls said 9 years ago

    Thanks. I did not know the bumping etiquette! I will be more careful in the future. I really did not know it was considered rude to it "for bumps sake"...

  • suenosdejmi

    suenosdejmi said 9 years ago

    Hey, I just got that little message. I'm so excited! I normally never say things like 'up'...I guess it was a fluke! Now I'm so excited that people can't say it anymore!!! Thanks guys!

  • theERN

    theERN said 9 years ago

    Whoopsie! Thanks for the link! I only figured out recently what it meant when people typed in "bump" or "up" and NOW I've learned that it's not playing nice. Thanks!

  • Ladyleopardjewels

    Ladyleopardjewels said 8 years ago

    Thanks I didnt know! I am a newbee at all of this chat a promo, will be more carefull next time. Thanks!

  • greencard

    greencard said 8 years ago

    Ew - my bad :(

  • PrincessAllure

    PrincessAllure said 8 years ago

    Whoops I just did this. I had no idea it was bad forum etiqute. Geez

  • SomewhatHip

    SomewhatHip said 8 years ago

    I think this is generally a good rule, but in some threads with really great advice, people just say "marking" so they can read it later, which I think is legitimate - it leaves a bookmark in that person's threads, and demonstrates that the thread has useful advice, warranting bringing it to the top of the pile for more people to view.

  • SerendipityByErin

    SerendipityByErin said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the link! I found it when bumping my own thread... oops!

  • RevolutionClothingCo

    RevolutionClothingCo said 8 years ago

    are we in trouble now?

  • CreasolMosaic

    CreasolMosaic said 8 years ago

    So that means that now I have to create a new thread, because the one that I created last night is in the page 100 this morning? Mmmmmm

  • crystalmimosa

    crystalmimosa said 7 years ago

    same here, my new post disappeared in just a few seconds! what should I do? .....

  • somnambulant

    somnambulant said 7 years ago

    I agree completely with SomewhatHip.

  • LondonParticulars

    LondonParticulars said 7 years ago

    I never use "marking" to bump but it would be great if there was a better way to save discussions for later reading!

  • kittyanydots

    kittyanydots said 7 years ago

    i just got directed to this link after leaving two comments of thanking the thread author for useful info. :/

  • duckfoot

    duckfoot said 7 years ago

    the bump is sometimes needed in a forum where people post so rapidly that threads get buried. However, I think by disallowing the bump, people will just come up with more invasive ways of getting there thread to the top.

  • duckfoot

    duckfoot said 7 years ago

    oops, grammar! I meant "their" not "there." Or maybe I meant "getting their thread up there!' lol.

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 7 years ago

    I had no idea! Thanks for the info :)

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    i don't mind bumping or marking - i just peruse past to more relevant info...

  • bonjourpierre

    bonjourpierre said 7 years ago

    Some things need to get bumped and get lost in the etsy world.

  • eroa

    eroa said 7 years ago

    good to know

  • WhatBowsAround

    WhatBowsAround said 6 years ago

    I have no problem with bumping; it's an easy enough annoyance to scroll past to the more relevant posts. Plus as others have stated before me, and what has happened to me on more than one occasion, is within minutes a post that you have just put on gets completely lost underneath everyone else's. So what's so wrong with a bump?

  • ShopSealedWithAKiss

    ShopSealedWithAKiss said 6 years ago

    b-u-m-p-i-n-g haha!

  • kissvamps

    kissvamps said 6 years ago

    I think it's kinda lame. I didn't know it bothered other people... It really doesn't bother me.

  • TheTrashyDiva

    TheTrashyDiva said 6 years ago

    unfortunately is puts a damper on the "one word only post" game on Etc!!

  • KristinsSilverStrand

    KristinsSilverStrand said 6 years ago

    Bumped from one word story!! Why didn't it catch the others?

  • LiLaO

    LiLaO said 6 years ago

    Oooops. I did this dump thingy I guess cause I'm here. I was just correcting a misspelled word. Will keep this in mind. Thanks

  • ladnamedfelix

    ladnamedfelix said 6 years ago

    There's a reason /bump exists, and I consider it a bit of a broad generalization to restrict the use of it. Many conversations get buried quickly, while others are posted during times of low traffic and therefore might be missed by many. This seems another Etsy "fix" that doesn't really benefit anyone in a tangible or real way, but instead makes users feel like they're being taken care of in lieu of any real positive change.

  • ranchqueenvintage

    ranchqueenvintage said 6 years ago

    Etsy needs to change the format of the discussion boards to allow teams to KEEP certain topics at the TOP. In its current, primitive format, BUMP is the only way to do this.

  • FromTheWorkroom

    FromTheWorkroom said 5 years ago

    sometimes one word is all you want to say, nothing to do with bumping, which I didn't even know was a thing to do.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    agreed with ranchqueen!

  • RAlliePhotography

    RAlliePhotography said 5 years ago

    I was trying to comment on somebody else's thread with a very relevant response and it won't let me post, but keeps telling me "please keep your posts relevant and useful." I'm seriously not "bumping." I'm only responding to a thread.... but it still won't let me post. :P

  • StonetreeJewelry

    Zoe from StonetreeJewelry said 5 years ago

    I've been having the same issue as RAllie, just make it a bit longer and Etsy should let you post. I agree it can be difficult, but I TOTALLY understand why it is there. :)

  • MollyFinds

    MollyFinds from MollyFinds said 4 years ago

    Rallie that happened to me earlier today on a TEAM post. Then I read this. Good to know why my comment wouldnt go through PS I thought teams could PIN or HIGHLIGHT the most important threads at the top???

  • AGCOOL2001

    monica from monicasdolldesigns said 4 years ago

    I just deleted to post and it says my post aren't "Usefull" 0_0

  • AGCOOL2001

    monica from monicasdolldesigns said 4 years ago

    oh never mind...sorry!

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