Bumping Old Posts - w-t-m-f?



  • On this other forum that I frequent, there is this idiot who constantly
    find threads that have had no activity for literally years and he bumps
    them just to say, "me too" or some crap like that.  Here is the
    latest example:






    The last post to that thread was feb. 2002!  WTF? 
    WTMF??  I hate this guy!  The mods wont do anything
    either.  In fact, I'll probably get yelled at for calling him an
    idiot (in the most polite way possible).



    It makes it really hard to keep up with the board when I have to filter
    through all this old crap in order to find the new stuff.



  • @tofu said:

    On this other forum that I frequent, there is this idiot who constantly
    find threads that have had no activity for literally years and he bumps
    them just to say, "me too" or some crap like that.  Here is the
    latest example:






    The last post to that thread was feb. 2002!  WTF? 
    WTMF??  I hate this guy!  The mods wont do anything
    either.  In fact, I'll probably get yelled at for calling him an
    idiot (in the most polite way possible).



    It makes it really hard to keep up with the board when I have to filter
    through all this old crap in order to find the new stuff.

    Just ask the board's moderator to delete his posts, bump the threads back to their original position and ban the sucker, plain and simple. They more than likely have mod tools to do it, or the main admin has.

    At least, he doesn't use a bot to crapbump all the old topics back to top (which is quite fun but for the admin when you crash a table after bumping 50k threads in an hour)



  • @masklinn said:

    Just ask the board's moderator to delete his posts, bump the threads
    back to their original position and ban the sucker, plain and simple.
    They more than likely have mod tools to do it, or the main admin has.





    Wouldn't be easier if the forum software blocked a new post on a old thread like that?



  • I agree

    Heh j/k, I hate those kinds of posting idiots. No one cares if you agree or not, if you have nothing meaningful to add to the conversation, then don't bother throwing in your two-word comment.

    As for blocking new posts on old threads, you'd have to set some kind of timeout so that when a thread reaches a certain age, it becomes read-only. The problem would be what timeout to use. On IMDB, boards for Lost and 24 should probably have a timeout of 30 days because there's a lot of activity for an ongoing show. But for others, like messageboards for directors, it could be weeks that go by without a new post. That would make basically every topic read-only before the conversation takes off. You can't define a particular number to use for everything, you would need to customize it for every messageboard set which would be a huge pain in the @$$.

    That's why every decent messageboard has moderators. The mods in this case should realize that his comment was useless and revived a thread that was closed out. I agree, delete his post, maybe even ban his account, and put reset the thread's data so it goes back to 2002.



  • Usenet doesn't have these kinds of problems. NNTP readers have killfiles. Messages are stored and retrieved as individual units instead of amorphous web pages. The reader has ample information to sort, slice, and dice the thread and give the user what he wants.

    Web forum software really pisses me off.



  • @ehabkost said:

    @masklinn said:

    Just ask the board's moderator to delete his posts, bump the threads
    back to their original position and ban the sucker, plain and simple.
    They more than likely have mod tools to do it, or the main admin has.





    Wouldn't be easier if the forum software blocked a new post on a old thread like that?

    A few forums have the ability to block bumps (mainly when a thread gets pushed to "archive"), but it's quite uncommon and can be annoying (bumps do, from time to time, bring relevant informations to an old thread).

    Now handling this kind of stupidities on a forum IS the job of the mods, if they don't do their job drop them and find new moderators.



  • @Brendan Kidwell said:

    Usenet doesn't have these kinds of problems. NNTP readers have killfiles. Messages are stored and retrieved as individual units instead of amorphous web pages. The reader has ample information to sort, slice, and dice the thread and give the user what he wants.

    Web forum software really pisses me off.


    On the other hand, trying to find any relevant conversations in usenet prior to google groups (yes, I did occasionally use deja) was a pain to simply impossible (if several of the posters used X-no-archive). News servers would drop posts after a few weeks, if you didn't archive yourself you're out of luck. Forums on the other hand have all of the threads conveniently packaged up for you, thought searching isn't always painless.

    Many do continue to prove that the webforum idea has its limitations and well-moderated wikis are much better for distilling and disseminating information than well-moderated forums with 20-page threads.



  • @foxyshadis said:

    @Brendan Kidwell said:
    Usenet doesn't have these kinds of problems.

    On
    the other hand, trying to find any relevant conversations in usenet
    prior to google groups (yes, I did occasionally use deja) was a pain to
    simply impossible (if several of the posters used X-no-archive). News
    servers would drop posts after a few weeks, if you didn't archive
    yourself you're out of luck.




    Well, Opera Software, Stardock, and Microsoft are three examples of
    companies running their own NNTP-based newsgroups. They are all
    well-moderated, and if you connect directly to their servers with
    Thunderbird, you can see every thread back to the beginning of time. I
    like that style of feedback forums much better than most web-based crap.



    But, your point is taken: most of Usenet--the more or less unmoderated talk groups--is a wasteland!



    I just wish more moderated forums used NNTP protocol and their own private servers.




  •  God.  Don't you HATE when people bump long dead posts?  It's like their some sort of necrophiliac.



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  • @Zjm7891 said:


     God.  Don't you HATE when people bump long dead posts?  It's like their some sort of necrophiliac.

    No, I only hate people who bump long dead posts and people who reply to them when they do so. Oh, and people who write web forum software which doesn't incorporate proper kill filters.


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