Let's say there is an on-line forum, on which its members have regular communication. The communication hasn't been too active recently. Only two or three messages a day. But the day before yesterday Jack posted a question about cats that made the communication on the forum very active: 25 messages the day before yesterday, 35 messages yesterday, and 20 today. What would be the best idiomatic way to describe this happening in English in the following sentence:

Jack caused a little ____________________ on our forum when he posted his question about cats the day before yesterday.

  • "Fellowship" isn't the correct word. It means a feeling of community or comradeship within a group, something that cannot measurably increase because because of a brief flurry of activity. "Brief flurry of activity" might be the term you're looking for though :)
    – gotube
    Jun 24, 2021 at 1:09
  • @gotube - Thank you! So, what word should I use in my question instead of "fellowship"?
    – brilliant
    Jun 24, 2021 at 3:25
  • "Communication" sounds right. How is the term you're looking for different from "communication"?
    – gotube
    Jun 24, 2021 at 3:27
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    @gotube - Good! Thank you. I'll change it.
    – brilliant
    Jun 24, 2021 at 3:29

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Jack caused a little "stir".

stir (noun) - Merriam-Webster

  • a state of disturbance, agitation, or brisk activity
  • widespread notice and discussion : IMPRESSION

the book caused quite a stir

I think "commotion" could fit too.

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