What do the terms 'hijack' and 'bump' mean in forum lingo?

  1. lorlie6 profile image84
    lorlie6posted 8 years ago

    What do the terms 'hijack' and 'bump' mean in forum lingo?

    Since I am very new to computers, Ryan, I am finding myself lacking in knowledge that others on forums seem to take for granted.  I would appreciate your answer to this question particularly after reading your Hub on 'internet trolls' today. 
    Feel free to email me if I've not explained this request clearly.
    Thanks so much,
    Laurel Rogers

  2. DevinG profile image60
    DevinGposted 8 years ago

    Hijack can sometimes refer to when someone starts a thread and asks a question, and then someone else comes along and asks a different question and then the rest of the thread is about the second question asked. That would be thread hijacking.

    Bump or bumping a thread is posting in a thread, sometimes an inactive thread, and by posting in the thread, it moves the post to the top of the forums. Therefore, you just bumped the thread to the top.

  3. Marisa Wright profile image95
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 years ago

    Hijack - to join a thread and start talking about something totally irrelevant to the subject.  That may be asking an unrelated question or  starting a silly conversation with another Hubber.

    Bump - to bump a thread means to push it back up to the top of the forum list.   There are good and bad reasons for doing that.

    Say you asked a serious question and no one answered it, so it's getting buried on page 3 of the forum.  You might write another post, even though you've got nothing further to say, just to bump it back up nearer the top so people will notice it.   That's OK if you've given people a reasonable time to answer.  I've seen people bump threads an hour or two after they've asked the question - which comes over as impatience! 

    The bad reason for bumping is if you've started a thread because you have a bee in your bonnet about something, or you've written something humorous and no one's paid attention - then it's just annoying!


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