No, it's not a forum. It's more a message board where a new message is automaticly displayed on top of the list.
A forum is more structured, looks more like a tree or some kind of directory with folders and sub folders. and in each folder there can be placed files (= forum messages) and these can be sorted by date or name or whatever.
In our message board here we only have 1 folder with lots of files (messages) and they are sorted only by date/time. The newest on top of the list, the oldest at the end regardless of their tags, header names or whatever.
So if you now "change" a message by adding a new post the "last changed date and time" is changed and the whole message is displayed on top of the list.
Now do this with 20 messages over and over again every 5 minitues. You will end up in total confusion. None of us would be able anymore to track the changes or follow a special thread.
That's the reason why we say for requests, and ONLY for requests: adding content to the message "bumps" the message on top of the list and so we only want to see a request once a day (24 hours) on top of the list so others have the chance to bring up their own request on top of the list, too.
To avoid that chaos, we only allow the owner of the request to bump his own request after 24 hours. Other users ar not allowed to bump the owners request.
In general every post that is added to an existing request is a bump as it brings the request on top of the list.
But if you ask a requester for more details like a missing version number that can help to identify exactly that what is requested than you are allowed and it is NOT counted as a bump.
On the other hand if you ask only "did you get the files?" or "do you really need pdf?" even the requester wrote it in his main request, than this is counted as a bump and the user will get his timeout.
We want to avoid that "clever" users bump a request by asking stupid or useless questions only to bypass the bump rules.
For us mods it's a terrible job to decide which comment is a bump or not. We can fail and send one user into suspension but we are only humans, no AI and we do mistakes.
I would prefer to sit here drink my glas of wine and have nothing to moderator because everything is running smoothly.
Sadly we mods have to work here the whole day as new users are just ignoring the rules and start posting here and there... and others are trying to bypass every rule we have just to see if they are smarter than we mods/admins.
dllsx To be honest, if the requester misses to incl. necessary useful information like a tracklist, THAT person should be punished if anyone.
I agree and we mods are already warning requesters as best we can and yes, sometimes I would rather delete the request, too.
Well, hope this could help a bit to understand the system and why we do something.