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WhtDove, I understand that some poets reply after each post.. but they must be just waiting for a reply and they must be a minor exception to the problem.
In reality if you read my comments up above, if bumping is truly a serious problem then it should be eliminated completely. The larger percentage of replies that cause bumps are caused by other authors replying to your poem. If you go through the poems and do an average, you'll see most replies are by other poets and not the author. So the real problem is other poets bumping and causing page one to rush by.
Eliminate all bumping, eliminate multiple poem posts in one forum by a single author per day if you really want to be fair to the new poets and or the new posts.
Also bumping is not just to get the repliers notice that you replied back. Its used to get read, isn't that why we post. I doubt that everybody that replies to my stuff has me tagged in their library. I don't tag everybody either that I like. If I see a poem by them then I reply to them. I like to hang out in the first 3 pages looking for familiar names and new and interesting titles from new poets.
You don’t like to reply to your own because it bumps up your poem. But, if you reply to other poems it bumps theirs up, also causing the problem of pushing down others, and more so then you bumping up
Your own poem. In this case, maybe we shouldn’t reply to our favorite poets just the new names that
Will really help the new poets.
If you post in another forum of Passions because your poem gets buried, Then your doing it because you want to get read. That’s why we are here, otherwise most of us would have our poetry in notepads lost somewhere at home.
- Don’t allow an authors reply to self-bump unless its down a certain distance, or even
beyond the maximum page size of 200 posts.
- Just one bump per day, whether its by the author or another poet replying.
- Have a maximum poem per author per forum per day… (this may get the other forums more active)
- have an automatic bump feature for poems with very little replies if they pass the 200 post limit
- or automatic bump for new authors that don’t have too many replies.
- Have a limit on the auto feature to 1 or 2 or 3 bumps
Another option, and this may be a little crazy…. Just randomize the posts in the forums, no order
That’ll sure mix things up allot. No bumping at all just randomize posts. If you want to keep track of
Poets or poems use your library option… nothing could be more fair then that.
I currently run a computerized Voice Ad Telephone meeting service in Canada. I have many categories,
And some are very large like Open … Without the members re-recording their ad’s to move them to the
Front or the auto feature I programmed in, they to would have ended up in oblivion. They wouldn’t have
Gotten many replies, they wouldn’t have met the love or lust of their life, they wouldn’t have paid me,
My service would have gone under. Many services like mine have giant categories, a one for all sort of thing but the smaller categories work better. But in these large services, it’s the ad’s at the front that get most of the attention.
Lets face it, we are programmed to look at the front person, to notice the brightest star first, and to find
The poems on page one. Sure we’ll dig when we don’t find what we want but we always start at page one.
Page one is where its at if you want to be read, not oblivion.
Anyway this is my opinion on the subject. Love me, hate me, but do please read me, whatever comes of
This…. I will always love this place… and do understand and appreciate all the hard work Ron puts into
It to make it great.