Thank you for the suggestion. Incidentally, I can actually easily enable bumping without disabling the automatic double post prevention. That would be fairly easy to do as bumping is a standard feature of the forum software. Although, I may be inclined to only allow moderators the power to bump topics--and any topics not just their own--rather than open this privilege up entirely.
Another possible option is for me to make it so editing the last post in a topic changes the last post time, as used to be the case, which would in effect bump the topic.
Of course, I also want to look into how bumping will work exactly. One thing to consider is that only the default forum sort order is to sort by the time of the last post in a topic. Any user when logged in can change this default for him or herself in the User Control Panel, also any user can at any time temporarily override the default using the sort options on the page of the forum or topic they happen to be browsing. I will check to see how 'bumping' works with that.
-- 08 Dec 2011 05:16 pm --
Of course, as a moderator you can also stick (and unstick) topics as you please if there is a topic you want to keep at the top. Sticky topics will be at the top regardless of the sort order set by the user.
-- 08 Dec 2011 05:45 pm --
I have enabled bumping. 'New members,' i.e. those with less than 10 posts, are not able to use the bumping feature. Bumping is only available after 5 days have passed since the post or since the last bump. Only the topic starter or the user who last posted in the topic are able to bump the topic. (Other people can cause the topic to get bumped simply by replying to it.) The information regarding bumped topics should be visible after the signature of the last post. Please test this out for me.
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