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Is there an optimal time/way to post?

  1. Apr 17, 2012 #1
    I seem to be the king of dead threads. I know this is a very busy forum, and threads can get buried. Is there an optimal time to post that people are more likely to see them? Is it bad etiquette to "bump" threads so they will be seen? (I've bumped one thread with no results, and I hesitate to do it again).

    There are so many brilliant and talented people here who I know can answer some of my questions (Even if the answer is "no", "you're nuts," etc.) so it's frustrating that my threads die faster than a redshirt.


    p.s. or is it just me? I ramble...
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  3. Apr 17, 2012 #2


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    Depending on where you are in the world you may be unlucky, I've found that I can post something in the UK that wont get any responses throughout the day until at some point around mid-afternoon they get a rapid pace of responses. I'm pretty sure this has to do with the people further east than me finishing work and the people to the west (namely those accross the atlantic who make up the majority of members) waking up.

    Bumping more than once and before 24 hours have ellapsed is against the rules. Personally I find that bumping can sometimes make a poster appear a bit rude but that's really down to context.

    General advice would be to make very clear and concise opening posts (if people are confronted with rambling paragraphs or walls of text they are unlikely to be interested) and descriptive thread titles. Other than that it's down to luck that your subject is interesting and happens to be seen by people who feel they can answer!
  4. Apr 17, 2012 #3
    Yeah, I waited a couple days before the first bump, and didn't do it again. Didn't want to look desperate. I think I'm being pretty patient, and I don't think it's anybody's fault. Just frustrating.

    I probably need to work on my posting style.
  5. Apr 17, 2012 #4


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    I'm certain it's nothing malicious. Often it could be that no one who feels comfortable answering has seen it or has time to respond (and may forget even if they have seen it).
  6. Apr 17, 2012 #5
    You're probably talking about this thread: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=594879

    I don't think you did anything wrong, but I can see why it got no responses. The reason is that I don't think there are many people on this forum who do or have done research in the history of mathematics. I did see your thread and if I knew an answer then I would certainly have answered it.

    So you did nothing wrong, it's just that nobody here knows an answer to your question.

    Aside (not for you, but for others who might bump very fast): bumping your threads is not a good idea. The thing is that more people will click on a thread that has no responses than on a thread which already had a response. So the longer your thread had no response, the more people read it.
  7. Apr 17, 2012 #6


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    Ooh good point. Also if people click the "get posts" button on the banner at the top of every screen they can select "no replies" to bring up every thread.
  8. Apr 18, 2012 #7
    Well that thread is one example. (Actually did get some replies after this. Perhaps people saw *this* thread and felt sorry for me and checked. Now I'm getting replies. lol)

    It's just that there's so many people around here I thought somebody would have some idea. I just assumed they were getting lost in the fray, but what you say here...

    That's a good point. It's just hard not too, sometimes.

    Some of my dead threads are not "single posts" but just ones that have died, where i was expecting more conversation. Sometimes I feel like I kill them. Like I walk into a party and say something awkward and everybody stops talking. I think I'm taking this too personally. lol

    Thanks all.

  9. Apr 23, 2012 #8
    hey me also got the problem...Its 3 days past but no answer to my question...feel its so dead..what am i do now ?
    :( :(
  10. Apr 23, 2012 #9


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    You seem to have started two recent threads in the homework forums. One of them was answered, and since the one-word answer was "yes" you probably won't get any more replies unless you explain better what you don't understand.

    For the other one, you asked for the answers but you didn't show any attempt to solve the problem yourself. See https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=94379
  11. Apr 23, 2012 #10
    Any way in the recent question I asked seems ok with the details.
    I have explained it in my best I think..Its about a small theory about SHM,not so hard one...
    Help me...
  12. Apr 23, 2012 #11


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    But according to the Physics Forums Global Guidelines,

  13. Apr 23, 2012 #12
    Well.Before starting that thread,I just thought where it should be under "Homework & Coursework Questions" or under "General Physics".As they gave me an infraction on a thread I started. https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=3830995#post3830995
    I understood that the way I asked the question is spoiling PF's spirits.(but it was too late. :| )
    [reasons:posting on the wrong place and not showing that I have attempted]
    Being afraid to get an infraction again on the forum,I decided to put in homework section.
    But I had to remove the automatically generated template as this time I'm not putting a question given by a teacher...I wanted to know a theory based thing that make me stuck in my homeworks..Now I think that it was better if I put that on "General Physics"
    see my dead thread...:(
    If u can answer it just help me..thanks I'm heart-broken..(not that much but...only 3 months for my exam that decide whether I'm suitable for higher education)
    thanks ! (don't take this as rude)
  14. Apr 24, 2012 #13
    No, your thread is fine in the homework sections. But the rules on the forum are clear:

    1) You must follow the homework template
    2) You must make an effort on solving the problem

    If you don't do these (especially (2)), then you WILL NOT get help here.

    I have deleted your thread right now, but you are welcome to post again if you meet the requirements

    (Also, please do not use text speak such as "u" instead of "you")
  15. Apr 24, 2012 #14
    Going to try again..thanks for being kind !
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  17. Apr 24, 2012 #16
    Another lone thread adopted by caring PF forum members.

    (Plays Sarah Mclaughlin, and shows pictures of all the unanswered threads)

    "in the aarrrms offf the angels..."

    You can respond to an unanswered thread today. Just click on "Get Posts" and "No Replies."

    [shows images of sad PF members checking their subscriptions and hitting refresh]

    Adopt a thread today...
  18. Apr 24, 2012 #17
    anyway this time,someone has seen my homework request...He just started helping me...Now waiting till he is online again...hmm...let's see..
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  20. Apr 27, 2012 #19
    How long does the EDIT facility stay available on a PF post, please?

    I've searched but cannot find the answer.

    Is it 24 hours?

    I've posted in a slow meeting, thinking I'd be able to progress to a conclusion during it! Now it's hotted up!

    So I'd like to know the latest that I can return to EDIT (i.e., improve a post), from the time of posting.

    Or else, just DELETE it; which I'd like to avoid.

    Thank you.
  21. Apr 27, 2012 #20


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    See https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=590614 for the time limit and some explanations as to why.
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  23. May 7, 2012 #22
    Re: Time out (token elapsed) when drafting a post?

    Please: What time is allowed to work on a post before you are "timed out ("token expired" I believe is the term)? Thanks.

    PS: As I see it: It means you lose what you've drafted! It can't be recovered: Or can it?
  24. May 7, 2012 #23


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    Re: Time out (token elapsed) when drafting a post?

    When you log in make sure you tick the remember me box and you'll never have this problem. Because I always do this I don't have this problem so don't know how long you have.
  25. May 7, 2012 #24
    Re: Time out (token elapsed) when drafting a post?

    Thanks Ryan, thanks for quick reply: BUT I'm sure that I'm permanently logged in! That is, when I come to PF each day, it says, "Welcome, Gordon Watson" and tells me when I last logged in.

    Here's what happened: I was working on a long detailed post, and was called away for a few hours (thinking my intermittent draft-post was safe). When I came back -- BANG! Timed out ("token something" message = big loss) -- and the PF message about back-button was wrong because it just kept repeating the same message.

    SO I'm thinking you maybe have not been on to the same extreme as I: And that there is a good limit, not infinite?

  26. May 7, 2012 #25
    If you checked the "Remember Me" box, then you should never log out. Are you certain you checked the box??

    In any case, it's safe to say that you should try to compose your posts in a text editor so it doesn't get lost.
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