What is “Bumping Topics”

What does “Bumping Topics” do?


The system automatically posts in a topic, which brings it up to the top of the “latest” list. It can be useful for re-surfacing old topics which have not been “solved” yet.


Don’t want to split hairs, but since the question was apparently about “bumping topics” more generally, it’s worth mentioning that the term refers to bringing topics back to the top of latest topics regardless of whether this is done by the system or a human.

tl;dr bumping = resurfacing older topics by posting a new reply, auto-bumping = when this is done by a machine (and, I believe, a rather unique feature of discourse).


What causes the system to bump a topic?

There is a category setting. See Automatically bumping old topics on a category

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