Questions tagged [bumping]

Some changes to questions, such as edits or receiving new answers, will "bump" them back onto the site's front page where the changes can be vetted by other users.

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Cleaning up an old post of mine -- a moral dilemma

I am aware that math.se and other se sites are intended so that people who google questions can find answers to them on this site so they don't have to actually ask the question themselves. Thus, I ...
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Feature suggestion: marking an edit as minor to avoid messing with the question flow

I won't be surprised if it has already been discussed, but anyway. I relatively often make minor edits to my own answers: typically a typo in math or in English, or a slight modification of the logic ...
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Is it bad to edit your own answer several times?

I often need to edit my answers several times to fix errors or maybe to answer more directly the questions asked. But each time I edit my answer, the post will get a bit higher in the top questions ...
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Is too much self editing frowned upon?

I have found myself re-editing quite a bit until I feel a question is right, either I got things wrong (oops) or just get in a perfectionist mode, and have wondered what happens whenever I press the <...
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Dumb Edits keep bumping questions

I am wondering if there is a work around to keep my edits from bumping questions. I recently saw a tex error in my answer and fixed it, I don't think that this should bump the question. Also, when I ...
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Is there a way to edit without bumping the question?

I'm a kind of person who like to see no flaw in the answers I posted here (I'm sure many of us mathematicians here share the same value as me to a certain extent). For that reason, I usually double ...
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Old Questions Unlikely To Have An Accepted Answer

A routine question with answers, but no accepted answer, gets bumped by the Community bot. Checking the OP's page reveals that the user is likely gone for good. Barring intervention from the OP, will ...
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When you spot someone gaming for edit related badges

In every system which rewards points and badges people are bound to game it from time to time. I see it like this: There are games which have little to no negative effect (e.g. voting a lot of ...
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Should I fix trivial typos in my old posts? [duplicate]

I thought this definitely would have been asked before, but I searched and couldn't find it. I was looking at one of my questions I asked a while ago and I realised a very minor typo in it. Actually, ...
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Bumping old questions

What are the rules/guidelines for bumping old questions? (old as in 1 year or more) What is usually the maximum time before a question is considered too old to bump?
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Is it bad etiquette to make trivial edits for more views

The main page https://math.stackexchange.com/ default sorts by "active", so editing questions or answers will "bump" your question or answer to the top of the list. Is making trivial edits with this ...
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How to bump someone else's old, unanswered question that's exactly the question I want to ask?

On the main site, there's an old, unanswered question that's exactly the same question I'd like to ask. Is there some way to bump it? And what would meta be without a meta-conversation: I've read ...
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Edit rejection -- "too minor"?

I noticed that sometimes a user decides to go on a huge minor edit spree (such as right now, a user edited 10+ posts with rather frivolously, mostly grammar but sometimes even just adding a dash or a ...
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Standards of editing [duplicate]

A question posted to math.s.e. said $$ X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda) $$ and that was coded as X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda). It is obvious that the poster ...
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Is there any point answering/commenting/voting on old posts?

Say a post has been inactive for a period of time, what happens if you answer, comment or even vote on that question: who sees what you've done? Is voting good practice on inactive questions as it ...
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How much bumping is too much?

Quite often some old questions are bumped for various reasons. They are edited to correct minor typos, punctuation, adding links, adding a more informative title etc. They are retagged - e.g. for the ...
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Editing title results in unwanted "bump" ...

I was looking at my old questions and noticed that some TeX in one of my titles was not entered correctly. I fixed it... and to my dismay the question is now on the front page. I'm concerned that this ...
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Tag editing etiquette on old questions

Just now I went through all of the questions I'd answered in abstract algebra and tagged the ones related to group theory with the group-theory tag. Honestly I did this so I could get the bronze badge ...
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Is it possible to "bump" a question?

Hello, I recently asked a question asking for the help of the community in my preparation for grad school. However, I only got one answer to the question and I fear it has now faded into oblivion. Is ...
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Would you like to have the option to edit a question without it being bumped to the main page?

For the sake of argument, all edits are considered an improvement in this post. No matter how minor. Since we consider edits an improvement, I feel free to say that they are a good thing. However, ...
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Retagging causes bumping

The issue of questions bumping after retagging has come up here and on the main meta. I have a specific suggestion: disable bumping for users with high enough reputation (10k, 15k or 20k), or at ...
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Policy on accepting my own answer

This question of mine didn't get much attention, but from a comment I was able to get an answer, which I posted after I checked it. I know that answering one's own questions is ok, but I'm wondering ...
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Editing Binge Etiquette

What is the etiquette for extremely minor edits that bump dead threads by no longer active users? A related meta question. Recently someone has been on a binge of such editing. Most of the edits are ...
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“Minor edit” feature for trusted users

People frequently ask about the etiquette of making minor edits to many old articles, say to retag them, or to correct typography or spelling. There seems to be consensus that this is bad manners, ...
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user on an editing spree

One of us has edited over 50 old questions in the last 50 minutes, mostly just retagging them. Is there any way to stop this? [note --- I have flagged one of the questions for moderator attention, and ...
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How should we deal with old questions by users who have left the site?

None of the Meta questions I could find (I did a search and then trawled through the "bumping" tag) seemed to answer this. What's the etiquette on answering a question with no posted answers that's ...
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Unnecesarily retagging old questions that get bumped.

Just as I write this, a user with $\sim$500 rep. has retagged 28 questions inactive by removing the tag differential-equations to leave only the tag pde. This has crowded the main page with already ...
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Random bump of a question? Is this a bug?

I saw a question this afternoon: minimizing the norm of a curl over a domain Then I went on to cook up an answer. After I submitted, I was about to edit OP's question to make it better formatted. ...
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Why so many Riesz Representation questions in such short time?

I was scrolling through MSE on the cell phone earlier today and these popped up: and the list went on. Is this an artifact of the search engine, or is there some reason for the sudden "interest" in ...
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Editing the title/body of a question hours after asking?

I asked a question which received some comments immediately. Only after the comments came in did I realize that I should ask my question differently. I edited the question then. I now realize that the ...
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Could having (tag-removed) tag be useful?

Quite often we have situation that discussion about a specific tag results in consensus that the tag should be removed. And the removal process means that the questions having that tag are retagged ...
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I don't see on the main page a question I've answered recently.

UPDATE 2: The fault was mine, I've mistakenly set one of the question tags, (calculus), as ignored in my list of preferences. I've removed if from the list and ...
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How can I get others to review my answer? Is bumping considered appropriate?

I recently posted this answer. While I think my answer is correct, OP of the question doesn't seem to be convinced by my logic (or perhaps it is not clearly enough stated). I think it would help to ...
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Does modifying a deleted answers bump a question?

Does modifying a deleted answers bump a question? It just happened that a deleted answer was edited by its poster and the question was bumped on the main site again:
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Raise minimum edit threshold for "bumping" edited post to top of list.

Fixing a typo currently moves a question to the top of the list. Probably it has been discussed on meta.SO, but: if there were a way of doing this a few characters at a time without bumping the post ...
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Editing already settled questions: Does it bring anything?

This is a general question regarding the editing of the questions. I see that recently many old question on Mathematics Stack Exchange are modified by the a single user and hence are shown at the ...
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Will an edit to a community wiki bump the question?

I've had no luck finding an answer to the title question, sad to say. Here, briefly, is the situation. I happened to look at an answer I gave eighteen months ago and discovered that I had written '-' ...
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what makes inactive questions active

What makes an inactive question to appear in active list? The question asked in 2015/8/10 and has 2 answers (one accepted). There is no recent comment, answer, edition, and other activities. Thanks.
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Is there a way to "re-advertise" a question after a major edit?

A week ago, I asked a question on MathSE. It did not get any answers (I even won a tumbleweed badge because of it), so today I rewrote it completely, to make the problem more "accessible" (the ...
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When does the Community bot bump posts, and how do I bump posts?

I apologize if this question is on a FAQ somewhere, but a cursory search turned up empty. I am trying to find out: Under what conditions will the Community bot decide to bump my question onto the ...
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Accept no longer bumps?

It used to be the case that accepting an answer would bump the thread to the top (front page). Has this feature been removed? Last time I accepted a question it seems to have had no bumping effect. ...
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Unactive active questions

Occasionally, a question pops to the top of the stack which claims to have been active today, but there is either no evidence of this activity or the activity was an edit that has been un-done, or a ...
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Question didn't bump

I edited this answer and posted this answer but they didn't bump.
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Modified question, but nothing seems to be changed

This question seems to have been modified by Bill Dubuque twelve hours ago (or at least this is what the commutative-algebra page shows): But I can't see any change. How is this possible? (I've ...
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Answering old questions that can never be fully answered.

I recently came across this question from 2010, which basically asks, "How do I get better at coming up with proofs?" This is an interesting and valuable question, but there's never going to be a ...
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Are bumps by community user shown/logged somewhere?

Community user bumps some old unanswered question from time to time. Is this activity shown somewhere? Quite often it can happen that someone edits a post in order to improve it - since the questions ...
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Should a new answer bring the problem to the top?

A question I have answered some half an hour ago (Proving that all numbers are rational) stays deep below the fold and doesn't pop up to the top of the question list. Is there any explanation to this? ...
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Unable to bump question

I have a question that I think should be good enough but it's now buried far down the list. I have read that editing it, changing the tags etc. should bump it (and I understand that this should not be ...
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Re-asking a question

I asked Why $p$-adically interpolate? while I wasn't signed in - this unknown user is me. Although this is a pretty general question, and should probably be easy to answer by an expert in that field, ...