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When I'm stuck on a Linux problem, the Wisdom of the Ancient Masters is normally buried in old dusty forum threads. This is great.

However, I often see the thread terminated with a user coming along later to add updated information or to say thanks (hence bumping the thread to the forum's front page), followed by a moderator scolding them for necro-bumping (or necroing; replying after the thread has "died", by some measure of "dead") and closing the thread.

Why?

I've seen the same rule enforced on various forums on different topics. It causes duplication as threads on the same topics are re-created. What's good about it?

Interestingly, StackExchange sites turn the rule inside-out by specifically encouraging bumping old questions, even with badge rewardsbadge rewards.

When I'm stuck on a Linux problem, the Wisdom of the Ancient Masters is normally buried in old dusty forum threads. This is great.

However, I often see the thread terminated with a user coming along later to add updated information or to say thanks (hence bumping the thread to the forum's front page), followed by a moderator scolding them for necro-bumping (or necroing; replying after the thread has "died", by some measure of "dead") and closing the thread.

Why?

I've seen the same rule enforced on various forums on different topics. It causes duplication as threads on the same topics are re-created. What's good about it?

Interestingly, StackExchange sites turn the rule inside-out by specifically encouraging bumping old questions, even with badge rewards.

When I'm stuck on a Linux problem, the Wisdom of the Ancient Masters is normally buried in old dusty forum threads. This is great.

However, I often see the thread terminated with a user coming along later to add updated information or to say thanks (hence bumping the thread to the forum's front page), followed by a moderator scolding them for necro-bumping (or necroing; replying after the thread has "died", by some measure of "dead") and closing the thread.

Why?

I've seen the same rule enforced on various forums on different topics. It causes duplication as threads on the same topics are re-created. What's good about it?

Interestingly, StackExchange sites turn the rule inside-out by specifically encouraging bumping old questions, even with badge rewards.

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Why do forums discourage necro-bumping?

When I'm stuck on a Linux problem, the Wisdom of the Ancient Masters is normally buried in old dusty forum threads. This is great.

However, I often see the thread terminated with a user coming along later to add updated information or to say thanks (hence bumping the thread to the forum's front page), followed by a moderator scolding them for necro-bumping (or necroing; replying after the thread has "died", by some measure of "dead") and closing the thread.

Why?

I've seen the same rule enforced on various forums on different topics. It causes duplication as threads on the same topics are re-created. What's good about it?

Interestingly, StackExchange sites turn the rule inside-out by specifically encouraging bumping old questions, even with badge rewards.