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The 2.0 version of Instructables has slightly different formatting than 1.0. We've based it on the wiki used in Edgewall's trac. We like it, and hope you will too.

The most useful thing for people is probably links.

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The full formatting documentation is here. Not everything is implemented yet, but we're getting there.


>Clears throat noisily<


So, there, Bumpus.

Why would you even do that? Topics that people actually have interest in get pushed off the first page within about two hours. You're just taking up space by bumping these multi year old threads. As a favor to everyone else, please stop.

W'burg she doesn't do it that often and it's not an issue as long as it doesn't create problems, old topics aren't paid as much attention, if someone mistook 2 years for 2 hours there might be a confusing debacle here but overall bumping is harmless. Except in cases where a topic that should be laid to rest has benn dragged back up, I think the power to close topics to commenting is necessary but not to be used constantly like some forum sites. (All topics over a week old are closed) I still get comments on the bunk bed and velociraptors topic, it's not a problem I ignore the majority unless they're funny/worthy of reply. I think the making of a new thread rather than bumping/editing is a nuisance, also the thread titled " ? " is a nuisance, plus all similar title issues like "help"

Right, but she did it in order to be a nuisance. That was her entire goal in bringing this topic back.


0200 hours

Mission log

I have succeeded in annoying Bumpus and Weissenstenburg, thus accomplishing my main goal in life. I have no other. I live to get attention from them. I spend 14 hours a day at my computer merely crafting replies meant to elicit anger from them, and I rejoice greatly when I succeed. I think of them constantly, and never do anything else, ever. I forget to eat and bathe in my relentless pursuit of their scorn. I worship them. They are Gods. If only I could get the Almighty Weissenstenburg to spit on me-if only I could get Fair Bumpus to kick me with steeltoed boots-then my life would be complete in happiness.

So if ">Clears throat noisily< BUMP! So, there, Bumpus." Wasn't an attempt to bug bumpus, what was it?

It WAS. I've said that all along.

Since when is that a crime on here? If it is, someone needs to tell all the people flaming on the evolution and religion threads that teasing, annoying and downright insulting is now banned.

Fortunately you and bumpus have never ever engaged in any similar activity. Heavens, no! Not you two!

The two are different, and even if they weren't, using the examples of others as an excuse is simply admitting your own guilt.


1) I'm speaking globally here, as I've said bumpus and others seem to have a policy of NO BUMPING OLD THREADS no matter what. I'm speaking of the larger issue of old thread bumping, I'm NOT defending this ONE bump, I'm talking about all the others bumpus gets mad about, including legitimate ones.

2) I did nothing wrong. Nada. Zip. Zero. It is not against the rules to try and push people's buttons-or will you argue that it is? If so, you [https://www.instructables.com/community/I-dont-know-why-it-hasnt-been-done-before.../?comments=all#C2TMEI8FJD36AA0 are in violation of it yourself.]

And as I said earlier, I have no problem with legitimate bumps. I wasn't trying to push his buttons, I was making a point that just because DJ Radio's username is different doesn't mean he is a different person.

All righty then, You can't make a serious argument that you've never tried to annoy anyone online, though.

Even assuming that's true, that doesn't mean it's against the rules. Bumpus does it all the time to me, so I think a small poke certainly isn't uncalled for.

I meant that I never made that argument.

And no, it's not against the rules. That's why it's called an unwritten rule.

Here's the thing-the entire ridiculous "unwritten rule" argument aside, Bumpus is doing similar things all the time to push my buttons. It's a double standard to say I shouldn't do it even once when he does it all the time with no objections from anybody. He can make off-color jokes on my topics, but I can't bump old topics he's not even on? Come again?

To be honest, I don't care if/when you guys mess with each other. It's just how you do it that might bug me.

I occasionally bump zero-reply threads that have been pushed off the first couple of pages, simply because they slid away too quickly to get a reply.

I may post an actual comment, but often, I cannot be of actual help, but think the thread warrants attention from somebody who can help, I bump it and then delete my bumping comment - the thread is visible a bit longer, and somebody relevant gets a chance to notice the thread.

But your motives warrant it. It's still done in order to help people get information.


Pokes Adrian in ribs - stop winding up Bumpus, he'll cry.

W'. Take a chill pill. It's a joke. I am not a usual "offender" for bumping old threads. I specifically looked up the oldest thread ever to bump, to poke bumpus.

And I'm not taking up more space. That space was already occupied.

And I've yet to hear anything from TPTB frowning on bumping. There's no rule saying I can't bump. I don't care at all when people bump old threads, and I see no reason at all why anyone else should. If you don't like it, don't view the old threads.

The fact that you don't usually do it is what surprised me most. The space was occupied by useful conversation. Just because they don't write it in the TOA doesn't mean you should do it. It's an unwritten rule of the forums world. Bumping for a menial comment about something is bad enough, but doing for the sake of bumping? ugh.

Weissensteinburg. It was a poke at bumpus. It harmed nobody. Why do you take it so terribly seriously? I was not looking to start a war, merely to tease bumpus.

Just because you say I shouldn't doesn't mean I shouldn't do it. Yes, I understand that "it's an unwritten rule"-one that is broken every day. Why not rewrite the rules? Why must we cling to the tradition of browbeating those who dare comment on old topics? The beauty of the internet is that discussions are archived, and while this particular bump was for another purpose altogether, many times people bump because they have something to add. That serves a useful purpose, but often that is ignored and users who bump for the purpose of adding are often flamed or chastised by moderators. Neither the team nor any authorized representative of same has expressed views one way or the other on bumping, unlike other forums, making the "unwritten rule" argument irrelevant. There are no mods or differentiated rules currently on the instructables forum, therefore the same rules as for the rest of the site apply-it's a family site, keep it clean, other than that go nuts. I don't hear people complaining about the bumping of old instructables. If nobody bumps anything, the site falls into disuse. Once rules no longer serve any useful purpose, or indeed hinder a useful purpose, but are merely traditions held over from older times, they are irrelevant and should be revised. Instructables is a place for changing the rules, challenging assumptions. We are an exceptional community, different from other online communities in many ways, and I for one think it's stupid to get tied up in knots either way about replies to old threads.

So what if they get bumped? You won't die! There are far more important things to get worked up about.

No. I already stated that was a joke. I'm speaking globally here.

I'm asking why we shouldn't bump old topics if we have something to add to the discussion, as is often the case with old-thread bumping. I have to tell you, when I do that and get yelled at (like on other sites), it really puts me off. It's unfriendly and unnecessary. There's just no reason for it.

Oh, cool! Now you've revealed your weak spot... posted BEFORE DATE(2007,1,1) AND ANY user LIKE W%burg Bwa ha ha ha!

Yeah.. W pretty much summed it up. It doesn't bother me as much as you seem to think, most times, when people bump unnecessarily, like you just did, I just say, "Hey, this thread is X months old, please refrain from bumping it."

:-( I'm disappointed! I thought you were going to you my wonderful pseudo-XML tag for bumping...

Oh! I forgot all about that tag! How could I?! >Doh!<

Hmmm, that seems a little complicated for me to remember all those tags, how about some more like this?