I think it's a combination of things:
- the bolded posts going is something I miss
- the number of views a post has had is also something I miss
- and if someone bumps after a few days, then that's sort of okay. What really annoys me if people bumping within an hour or two. It does happen and believe me it has directly the opposite effect for me.
If someone posts anything, then a lot of people read it. A LOT. Hell, there's a stack of us here that read threads to get more knowledge to become more effective helpers so without the 'Views' being shown, someone might think their post is being ignored. Yet if that was brought back, they might see that 170 views had been done yet no-one bothered to type an answer. So they bump.
The post staying bold was one incentive for posters to not bump, yet I got berated by one poster because I took away the 'bold' by posting and asking for more information.
I would love a way for us to easily see a list of unanswered posts, but then we already have people who post into every forum here so maybe that would increase ? Maybe we'd see people not bumping but re-posting ? Forum mods can delete multiple posts but right now they are relatively few and we do not like deleting posts.
My only suggestion is that with feedback from here I rewrite the sticky and I would suggest that all useless "*bump*" posts are deleted so returning that thread to it's rightful place.