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Old August 12th, 2013 (07:39 AM). Edited August 14th, 2013 by Cassino.
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With regard to the rules, since nothing appears to address the matter namely.
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Old August 12th, 2013 (07:44 AM).
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In my opinion, if the thread has no replies after a given amount of time it obviously isn't a good enough thread to warrant any discussion, so I don't see how bumping it would help that, tbh.
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Old August 12th, 2013 (08:19 AM).
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A thread with no replies is still treated as any other thread would be, and is subject to the same bumping rules unless the section housing the thread specifically allows bumping.
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Old August 12th, 2013 (08:57 AM).
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It doesn't matter, unless it's over 30 days old.
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Old August 12th, 2013 (09:03 AM).
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Just remake the thread if it gets older than 30 days with no replies. Easy as that.
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Old August 12th, 2013 (09:09 AM).
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^ Although to be honest, if a thread has no replies after a whole month... maybe it's not something people are interested in/worth talking about.
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Old August 12th, 2013 (09:36 AM).
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Well, not necessarily. It just means everybody has talked about it already. When someone makes a new thread similar to it in... 4 months then everybody will respond again.
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Old August 12th, 2013 (09:57 AM).
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Well, not necessarily. It just means everybody has talked about it already. When someone makes a new thread similar to it in... 4 months then everybody will respond again.
Not from what I've seen, and definitely not with 4 months. If a thread ends up getting no replies, it's usually because people either aren't interested in the topic, it drowns in a bunch of popular and super active thread, or if it requires a lot of thought. Remade topics usually do pretty well from what I've seen, because it's an easy +1 to the post count for people who've already answered it, and there's always gonna be someone who hadn't replied to the previous thread anyways :p

An idea could perhaps be for the moderators of the section to bump the thread at the request of whoever made the thread, since mods are able to bump threads without having to leave the bump post (even though most mods probably don't know about that :p) This would only work if the thread has received no replies though, and I rarely ever see that, so I think it'd be just a bit redundant.
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Old August 12th, 2013 (10:12 AM).
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That's my experience from different forums but I guess that doesn't really apply here. A lot of other forums don't really mind "necroposting" either, but it is still a bit frowned upon sometimes.
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Old August 12th, 2013 (11:57 AM).
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I've always thought bumping was generally frowned upon unless it's explicitly allowed in the section rules. There are three main rules that have always existed in tandem to discourage bumping and that's the "No Double Posting" rule, the 4 word/25 character rule, and the Thread Cutoff rule that mandates a thread be remade if it's gone more than than 30 days/1 month without a reply. If you're replying to someone before the cut off, you're not really bumping the thread for the sake of bumping it; you're just replying normally.

Bumping implies breaking at least two of those three rules usually. So by default yes, bumping is not allowed unless the section rules otherwise allow it, and usually they specify when and how it is acceptable to bump your thread, and how many times you're allowed to do so.
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Old August 12th, 2013 (12:03 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Pachy:
I've always thought bumping was generally frowned upon unless it's explicitly allowed in the section rules. There are three main rules that have always existed in tandem to discourage bumping and that's the "No Double Posting" rule, the 4 word/25 character rule, and the Thread Cutoff rule that mandates a thread be remade if it's gone more than than 30 days/1 month without a reply. If you're replying to someone before the cut off, you're not really bumping the thread for the sake of bumping it; you're just replying normally.

Bumping implies breaking at least two of those three rules usually. So by default yes, bumping is not allowed unless the section rules otherwise allow it, and usually they specify when and how it is acceptable to bump your thread, and how many times you're allowed to do so.
I figured it might come under the realm of 'acceptable exception'.
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Old August 12th, 2013 (01:31 PM).
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I figured it might come under the realm of 'acceptable exception'.
How do you arrive at that conclusion?
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Old August 12th, 2013 (02:00 PM).
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If you want to send a PM to the mod of the section or to an s-mod/admin and ask for special permission then you can do that too.

In general the way I see the revival rule is that it keeps things fresh for new people to come into the conversation. If you see a thread over a month old and have something to contribute to it, it's better if you remake the thread instead of bumping the old one. That way people who didn't have a chance to reply to it last time see it, they aren't overwhelmed by a huge thread that they need to read through in order to be "up to speed."
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Old August 13th, 2013 (02:16 AM).
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Quote originally posted by Pachy:
How do you arrive at that conclusion?
Threads like... well I won't find it but it was about the charlimit and the last thing said was that a post breaking the rule but still constructive enough to stay around can be left be at the discretion of the moderator. By the same token, there may be other such 'particular cases'. Since I don't see what could go wrong with bumping a replyless thread, I thought it might be such a case.
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Old August 13th, 2013 (03:58 PM).
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If you want to change a rule in a particular forum, talk to the mod of that forum. They have almost total control of that forum with regards to the rules and whatnot. If they'd like to allow threads with no replies to be bumped (or regular thread bumping for that matter!!), you can ask them to permit it in their forum.
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