I've noticed quite a few questions cropping up on MetaSO (here, here, and here, for example) concerning the desire to increase visibility for old questions that may not have any answers, or just not enough quality ones. If you want to bump a question that isn't your own, editing and answering it are two options. These options won't work if you don't have the Rep to edit posts from other users or if there is nothing to really add to the answers. Too much editing also summons the "auto-wiki".

Do you think there would be any benefit to having a quick and easy-to-use bump feature added to questions?

Some implementation ideas:

  • I was thinking of there being a link, maybe next to the edit/close/flag links, that each user could only use once per question. It would bump the question just as if it had been answered or edited. Once you use it, the link disappears for that question. It would also probably make sense to put a Rep limit on using the bump feature, so only more trusted SO users could bump things they felt were in need of more visibility.

  • Based on Jon's answer, there could be a limit like "a question can only be bumped X times per month." The number of bumps left could be displayed next to the link. When they reach 0, the link disappears. After a month, it resets. This would allow a user to bump more than once, but avoid "mass bumping" from many users.

  • As suggested by TheTXI, the bumping mechanism could have a small Rep cost (1-5 points).

  • I was just reviewing an old question and thought of this suggestion. Funny. Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 23:37
  • erm.. use the bounty feature so your question goes on the "Featured" tab? Commented Jul 23, 2009 at 1:40
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    @Jeff: I was thinking more of something that could be used to bump someone else's question, not one of your own. Commented Jul 23, 2009 at 14:33
  • Yes, it should cost a few rep.
    – mk12
    Commented Nov 20, 2009 at 23:53
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    @Jeff Bounty is a no-go either because it's still a one-off system. It can only be used once and it will auto select a right answer even if no answers satisfy the question. That basically leaves any question with a 'failed' bounty left to sit in obscurity. Commented Jun 16, 2010 at 15:10
  • I think this is a good system period. There is a waiting period before I can open a bounty on one of my questions. I don't feel it has gotten the 'face time' needed because I asked on Sunday, and I estimate only 5 views throughout Monday. I need to be able to pay some rep to get at least one day of good viewing.
    – IAbstract
    Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 19:42

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Here's a different idea: Allow for bumping by users, but they come with a cost of reputation to perform the action. I imagine this cost could be anywhere from 1-5 reputation points. This would ensure that bumping is done more for actually getting an answer than it is for potentially cheap rep-whoring.

FYI for folks reading this years later who don't understand why it's : when this feature was requested (and this answer posted answered) bounties were limited to question authors; this was changed thereby fulfilling the request.

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    I think if you charge rep for this that users will use the currently working hacks of editing the question, or changing a tag to get the same effect.
    – fretje
    Commented Jul 1, 2009 at 14:37
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    fretje: That is a possibility, but I think it would also be a possibility to close that hole by preventing any edit from pushing a post to the top of the page UNLESS the editor marks a checkbox saying "bump to top of list (-X rep)". That would make it so that those who are editing just to edit who don't care about bumping it don't have anything to worry about, and those who just wanted to bump will still get charged.
    – TheTXI
    Commented Jul 1, 2009 at 14:42
  • I think an extension to the bounty system would work better. Allow anyone to put a bounty on any (unclosed) question, and have an accept for purposes of the bounty. The accepted answer would have a little note by it, but would not sit at the top in green. Commented Jul 1, 2009 at 14:49
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    You still need some way of auto-bump-after-edit, so that if we edit some newbie's post so that it might now get an answer, it's given a fresh start to attract the answerers. Commented Jul 22, 2009 at 21:58
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    If there was no auto-bump after editing there would be less of a reason for auto-CW. I like it Commented Jul 23, 2009 at 14:57
  • Or add a seperate tag for "recently bumped". Commented Aug 7, 2009 at 16:18
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    I need to bump a question I asked Sunday: stackoverflow.com/questions/6642249/… for which only 5 views were accumulated Monday...I don't feel it is getting the views and attention it should be getting.
    – IAbstract
    Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 19:37
  • One concern: if a question has 4/5+ upvotes and the OP bumps it at the cost of 5 rep, you can almost guarantee that they will get at least 3 upvotes, getting a net gain of 10 rep, and it would be to get rep, not answers. Commented Jul 29, 2013 at 19:33
  • ... But what about Evan Plaice's comment... : "Bounty is a no-go either because it's still a one-off system. It can only be used once and it will auto select a right answer even if no answers satisfy the question. That basically leaves any question with a 'failed' bounty left to sit in obscurity."
    – wizzwizz2
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 20:50

Once per question per user? If a different user sees the same question 6 months later, they ought to be able to bump it too, potentially.

Perhaps there ought to be a hard limit for the number of times a question can be bumped though...

  • You raise some very good points. I was thinking once per question per user (I just clarified that in the question). Granted, that would make it possible for a question to be bumped many times, so maybe some other limit would be in order, like a question can only be bumped X times per month. Commented Jul 1, 2009 at 14:29
  1. This is already possible through editing and we encourage people to revisit and edit their old posts to include better and more up-to-date info

  2. The bounty feature also exists for this reason. Just open a bounty on your question and it'll stay on the "featured" tab for a week.

Not seeing the problem here..

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    I was thinking more of something that could be used to bump someone else's question, not one of your own. While editing would work (if you have the Rep to edit another person's question), editing for no reason other than a bump seems like abuse, not to mention too much of it can auto-wiki a post. Commented Jul 23, 2009 at 14:37
  • Can I open a bounty on someone else's old question, when that question asked pretty much exactly what I want to ask, but the answers weren't satisfactory? Commented Jan 25, 2010 at 2:12
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    Ah, I see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1409/… Commented Jan 25, 2010 at 2:14
  • Problem is, I have to wait, what? 7 days to open a bounty on my question? Not good enough, IMHO :) I would gladly pay 1-5, or even 10 rep to bump my question to the active page.
    – IAbstract
    Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 19:36
  • @iabstract only two days, see faq Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 19:53
  • @Jeff, thanks, has it changed? I don't know why I thought it had to be longer. I would still like to be able to bump before I open a bounty esp. when I asked the question over a weekend.
    – IAbstract
    Commented Jul 11, 2011 at 19:59
  • Also, in regards to #1, I edited my question and added tags in hopes of moving to the front/active page. It didn't work.
    – IAbstract
    Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 13:13
  • @iabstract please read blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/stack-overflow-homepage-changes Commented Jul 12, 2011 at 17:03

[I was going to post a question about this but, since it's already been asked here...]

Can we find a way to encourage a good behavior (constantly improving posts) without the bad side effects ("owning" the front page).

I'm a tinkering editor. I write, post, come back, update, clarify, reformat, rework, reword... sometimes days later or even weeks. I thought it was a good thing (to improve the quality of posts over time).

I had no idea that this activity pushed my posts-- some say "evily"-- to the front page. That certainly wasn't my intention. I don't often use the "active" tab.

So we need some sort of "acceptable way" to allow an encouraged behavior (refining posts) such as:

  • Edit causes bump only every -n- number of days
  • Limit the number of times a message is bumped from editing
  • Don't bump message unless "significant" content has been added (sounds difficult)
  • In my opinion, retagging should never bump a message (no content has been added)
  • ADDED - I like the "no auto-bump on edit" idea from @TheTXI. There would be a "bump this message to the top" button in the message but it would cost reputation. That solves the problem for both editors and users who just want the message to be re-addressed for whatever reason.
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    Retagging should bump it up for any new tags. Commented Jul 23, 2009 at 15:00

The Community user already bumps questions - Jeff would be able to give you the exact mechanism.

Perhaps rather than bumping the post directly the link should send a request to the Community user.

Not sure on the limits though either.


Sorry but I'm a low rep user so I'm bumping this question the ugly way. It has an accepted answer but in fact there is no real solution for low rep users who can't edit, often leading them to create a duplicate question.

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    It also leads them to post "I have this problem too" answers.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jun 16, 2010 at 14:17
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    Unfortunately, the powers that be don't appear to feel that this feature is that important or necessary. Maybe they'll get around to implementing one of the suggestions here eventually. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Commented Jun 16, 2010 at 14:20
  • @ChrisF It was implicit ;)
    – DrDro
    Commented Jun 16, 2010 at 14:32
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    @gnostradamus 5 years later, I still consider your original "Bump this question" button idea to be the best by far. The implemented solution is completely unsatisfactory in my opinion. Commented May 12, 2015 at 13:08

My proposal, which I came up with separately before Shog9 graciously pointed me to this question, runs like:

Allocate each user with 2000+ rep (same as the threshold to edit others' posts) three daily bumps, used via a "Bump Question" button (which might display the number of bumps left). Bumping a question refreshes it for purposes of the home page display, same as an edit or new answer.

This establishes a sanctioned, non-sneaky mechanism for bumping questions, discourages the edit mechanism from being used for bumping purposes, and defines an appropriate bump rate; three per day per user shouldn't hurt anything.


I prefer just adding html comments in my answers to bump them.

<!--Unicorns have gotten out, need help with this soon!!-->

My point being, I don't feel that this is an urgent feature. Forcing a user to edit their question for a bump seems like a nice built-in penalty.

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    Never thought about HTML comments! Great idea haha!
    – Gab Royer
    Commented Jul 23, 2009 at 1:45

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