Minor editing should not bump the topic

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(Rahul Dhingra) #1

I have noticed when i edit post for minor spelling error, it takes the post to the top. there should be some threshold to make it qualify it to taking it to the top like heavy meaningful editing vs minor editing like spell mistake correction.


(Michael Downey) #2

Agreed (also excepting ninja edits) but it might be really difficult to determine what type of edit is actually meaningful vs. what type of edit is just a typo. Things could be both - a one or two letter change could totally change the semantic meaning of a sentence. :smile:


(Rahul Dhingra) #3

In Fact only new post should be considered as “Activity” and not the post editing.


(Jens Maier) #4

Nope, I disagree with that. I frequently post something short, then later realize that I should have elaborated further or wish to add another detail or even a question. If the post has already been read, then my edit will likely never be seen. Marking edited posts as a new is an awesome feature.


(cpradio) #5

I’m torn on it. Yes, it goes against everything you know about forum software to date. But I think the good of it outweighs the bad here and that this is really a good thing happening within Discourse instead of an issue.

Remember that Discourses aim is to turn the forum world upside down. They are doing things that go against everything you were accustom to.


(Daniel Gagnon) #6

We could set a rule of thumb. Like considering the post is new if the diff shows it’s changed by 50% or more.


(Tobias Eigen) #7

How about a “this is a minor change” tickbox, like in dokuwiki?


Provide option to disable notifications when post moved, renamed, tagged
Any way to prevent notifications for post merges, moves?
(Jens Maier) #8

Bad idea. An automatic detection that enables flagging the edit post as new will more often get in your way rather then help.

On the other hand, a detection that disables this feature may work, but it should really only trigger on tiny edits such as typo corrections.


(Salman, Freelance Developer) #9

Maybe we need another filter type like active.


(Mittineague) #10

Editing posts is something I do almost every post. (I know, I know, “re-read before submitting”).

My “ninja edits” are usually minor typo fixes. But my later edits are to correct mis-information - eg. forgetting a “not” or an “un” changes everything, or as mentioned to add what I consider to be important details I originally overlooked.

I don’t think any amount of computing power can subjectively determine when an edit is a significant change.

IMHO if “edit bumping” is felt to be a problem then post editing should be completely disabled after a few minutes. But then many would simply post the additions/corrections in a follow-up post which would bump the topic anyway, and also increase the post count.


(Dave McClure) #11

Also it’s worth noting that the topic is only bumped if the last post is edited.

Related topics:


Ability to not bump topics
Reply to topic without bumping it to the top
(Jeff Atwood) #12

As @mcwumbly noted only edits to the last post cause topic to be bumped. Not edits to any post in the topic


(Sam Saffron) #13

This is by design, feel free to discuss an alternative implementation, but there is no bug here.


(Abram Bailey) #14

We turned on tagging and have been tagging, and moving some threads to new categories. It seems that sometimes the bumped_at is being updated and we are causing a bunch of old threads to re-appear unintentionally. Is there some way to turn off this behavior. Right now, I’m having to manually edit bumped_at in the console which is a painstaking way to organize the forum.


(Jeff Atwood) #15

New posts bump the topic, and edits to the last post. If the first post is also the last post…


(Abram Bailey) #16

What I’m asking is, where is the GUI option to change bumped at, similar to

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(Jeff Atwood) #17

No such feature exists


(Abram Bailey) #18

OK, sorry to nag, but I think some way to bypass (or at least revert) changes to bumped_at would be nice for moderators … I took over an old VB forum with 190k posts, and was in bad shape. It’s been a challenge.


(Joshua Rosenfeld) #19

You can bypass the edit bump by doing bulk edits. From the topic list, click the bulk select icon, select the posts you wish to tag (or recategorize) and use the admin wrench. This does not create an edit log, so no bumps.

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When does adding a tag to a topic cause the topic to be bumped?
No-bump for admin edits on first and only post in a topic
(Abram Bailey) #20

Awesome thanks @jomaxro!