I'm sorry to open a thread about this again, but I still don't understand.
Look I'm not angry, I'm not trying to start shit, I just want to understand, and the best thing I can do to achieve this is open a thread where many people can contribute their thoughts on the subject, because I'm pretty sure just noting a specific moderator won't answer my questions.
And if the rule about bumping is in fact as nonsensical as I think it is, then maybe it would be easier for an unbiased person to confirm it for me, because I can understand that a moderator is supposed to support the rules that they go by.
Ok so back to the bumping issue.1)
My thread was locked for bumping it and the mod said :
In an effort to allow all threads equal exposure, we do not allow threads to be "bumped" (leaving a comment or reply to move a thread to the start of the forum page) and as a result, your thread will be closed today.
In this comment, bumping has been defined as leaving a comment or a reply to move a thread to the start of the forum page
. If you know how to read a definition and understand what it says, what this is exactly saying is that bumping is defined by the intention
of a specific comment or reply.
What this is not telling us is :a.
That the comment needs to be posted as a reply to the OP (as I was told by some of you) to be considered a bump, and you know why it makes sense that it's not telling us this ? Come on you're not stupid, you know why.
Remember : the goal is to stop people from moving their threads to the start of the forum page "to allow all threads equal exposure"
, it doesn't take a whole lot of posting to know that a comment doesn't need to be posted to the OP to do that (make the thread come to the surface), you can reply to anyone in your thread and achieve the same effect
So give me one reason why it is relevant whether the comment has been posted to the OP or as a reply to other comments (which the moderator didn't say anyway, but some of you did define what dumping means this way).b.
If the intention of the poster is what determines a bump, how is the intention of the poster worked out by the mods ? My take on it is that the best you can do is look at the content of the post.
If the post doesn't have any value to it, just says "bump", or contains the same thing that has been posted before (like another link of someone trying to advertise for their contest for example, you'll see those in projct forums sometimes), then maybe you can tell for sure their goal is to bring their thread to surface.
If the post has any value to it, is responding to the actual topic discussed one way or another, you can not tell that "the intention is to move the thread to the start of the forum page", unless you're a mind reader. 2)
What does the etiquette of DeviantArt say on the matter ?
- Intentionally bumping your thread by posting a comment so that the thread is "bumped up" to the top of the page is not allowed.These things are discouraged and may result in your thread being locked. You can lock your own thread by clicking the "Close Thread" link below the share buttons on the right-hand side of your thread.
Again what this is telling us is that bumping is defined by the goal of a specific comment (any comment). This is the only paragraph about bumping I could find in the etiquette.
What this is NOT telling us (what's coming is the made up rules that you guys told me existed and how it makes my post a bump) :
a. That it suffices to post a comment directly on your own thread (replying to the OP) to be sanctioned for bumping that thread (like mentioned before, replying to any comment in your thread brings it to the top, hence why such a rule doesn't make sense and doesn't exist, if you think I'm wrong prove it)
b. That this imaginary rule (a) only applies to a thread that was created one month ago.
Honestly I can't believe I even need to explain this, it's so obviously incoherent and I don't understand why many of you refuse to see it for what it is. Mind you I'm not trying to get my thread re-opened or something.
PS : If you're here to insult me please move on, or don't expect a reply from me.