How do you regard the NECROBUMPING of old threads on WP?

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How do you regard the NECROBUMPING of old threads on WP?
I think it is always ok. 34%  34%  [ 28 ]
I think it is mostly ok under certain circumstances(specify....) 20%  20%  [ 17 ]
I don't view it positively or negatively. 16%  16%  [ 13 ]
I think it is mostly NOT ok but I can tolerate it under certain circumstances(specify...) 14%  14%  [ 12 ]
I think it is never ok and it should be forbidden. 11%  11%  [ 9 ]
Other(specify...) 5%  5%  [ 4 ]
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18 Sep 2015, 4:21 pm

I had to learn to look at the dates before making a post so I wouldn't waste my time replying because of someone necrobumping and it got in the habit after awhile so the first thing I always see now is the time stamp on the post.


For me it depends, if its just a random thread or a game thread, it is fine. But other threads I find it annoying because the member who posted it is either long gone or the issue they posted about or ranted about is either long gone or irrelevant. People just start replying to posts by members who no longer come here. I just had to learn to check the dates so I wouldn't have wasted my time replying to someone who is no longer here.

And the time someone here posted years back with the word "bump" in their post and that was it and that was annoying because it was bumping the new threads into the next page and it was so annoying. I recall a few members were doing that and another user here posted a public thread asking for it to stop.


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18 Sep 2015, 4:21 pm

Can be a bit annoying, but it's no big deal for me.



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18 Sep 2015, 4:23 pm

I love NECROBUMPING. Why keep perfectly good information in the grave when I can enjoy it now? Would you burn the Library at Alexandria? Each person can choose what they want.


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18 Sep 2015, 4:30 pm

slave wrote:
It is clear that there are diverse views on WP toward the practice of NECROBUMPING.

The Urban Dictionary defines the term as "verb: (internet) To revive a long dormant forum thread by adding a new post, thus bringing it to the top of the forum list."

Some people are not bothered by the practice, but I have also seen others enraged by it. There are many strong views, so let's get it all out on the table. Let's find out how we as a group view this practice.

Please feel free to clarify your vote with as much explanation as you desire.


Slave, how do you regard NECROBUMPING?


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18 Sep 2015, 4:34 pm

However I can understand bumping in these sorts of threads:

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New information on Pluto had just been released and as that thread acted as a update on the situation then it was definitely appropriate to have bumped it from a few months ago. Exactly where the updates on Pluto belong so it made sense, though it was the OP I think anyone could have in that situation.

I think that the OP can bump their own threads if they see the need to as they own it.



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18 Sep 2015, 9:47 pm

justkillingtime wrote:
slave wrote:
It is clear that there are diverse views on WP toward the practice of NECROBUMPING.

The Urban Dictionary defines the term as "verb: (internet) To revive a long dormant forum thread by adding a new post, thus bringing it to the top of the forum list."

Some people are not bothered by the practice, but I have also seen others enraged by it. There are many strong views, so let's get it all out on the table. Let's find out how we as a group view this practice.

Please feel free to clarify your vote with as much explanation as you desire.


Slave, how do you regard NECROBUMPING?


I can see all of the arguments for and against, but I don't overthink it.

I do not oppose necrobumping in principle, but I do understand those who find it irritating at times.

There is value in some of these old threads, where thoughtful comments and quality discussions have occurred. I choose to search out old threads at times because there can be knowledge/wisdom within them that is timeless.

I have seen fairly hostile responses to some users who have bumped old threads over the years, and I was reading a thread today where that was the case.
For this reason, I thought it may be worthwhile for our community to discuss the issue openly.
I appreciate the responses thus far and hope that others will state their views as well.


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18 Sep 2015, 10:18 pm

I like it. Regardless of the content, I like seeing very old dates. The older the better. I sometimes just read it for the sake of responding to it.



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18 Sep 2015, 10:22 pm

iliketrees wrote:
I hate it. I always hate when a thread I posted on over 2 years ago gets bumped all the way to the top. I think threads need to be locked after a certain amount of time. People reply to posters who have quit years ago and it's pointless because in the time they've probably changed their minds. I always feel bad about seeing them in case any of the posters hate it as much as I do.


I feel the same way. I feel that there's no need for it. I also get embarrassed about how blunt I was, 7 or 8 years ago.


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18 Sep 2015, 11:19 pm

Someone necrobumped an old poll about CRT monitors and at first when I read it I was like "wtf, who uses these pieces of s**t anymore? Did I did trip and fall into a time warp or something?", then I realized it was a thread necrobumped from a decade ago.


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18 Sep 2015, 11:26 pm

I like it, it's fun :mrgreen:



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19 Sep 2015, 12:18 am

"Grrr... ARGH!!..." *Night of the Living Thread*


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19 Sep 2015, 12:19 am

I learn things from old thread that started before I got here :idea:



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19 Sep 2015, 1:34 am

kraftiekortie wrote:
If a person feels like a thread relates to them--and can't find "new" threads that relate to them, then I think it's definitely okay to necropost.


I have been on a website where people were criticised for not checking if a previous thread had already be created...
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19 Sep 2015, 4:07 am

It's annoying when I reply to a thread then scroll up and realise that I've already posted a similar answer, like, 2 years ago. Once I replied to my OWN thread I created! I didn't read the username of the original post, just read the original post and eagerly made a reply. :oops:

It's also annoying when I see a thread where someone is asking for advice, and I offer really good advice with great sympathy, only to realise the thread is about 8 years old (before I even became a member here) and the original poster is long gone. I suppose I should remember to look at the date of the original post before posting as well.

But when I very first joined WP, I wasn't sure how to use the forum properly. Instead I just typed in words in the search bar and saw what came up in the results, and clicked on them and replied to them. Then I sometimes found posts yelling that I've ''necroposted'', and I was like ''what does that mean? What am I doing wrong?'' Then I learnt more how to use the forum.


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19 Sep 2015, 4:24 am

Not a big fan of most necrobumps, but it definitely does not make me angry. I understand why it happens, especially with the site set up with a list of suggested similar, old, topics at the foot of the page.

Personally I feel that threads should be locked after no one has posted for a certain amount of time, say 3 months for example. That way the archive is retained in a read only format, so all the information is still available.

Current members should not waste time making suggestions to someone who has left, was just having a bad day (For example the "Most people on this site don't have aspergers." thread) or possibly only ever posted on the site once.