" Just marking my place.." WTF?

(124 Posts)
Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 12:27:30

Why do people feel the need to go on a thread to "mark my place"? How does that contribute to the discussion underway? I get really annoyed by this action and it's the most pointless thing a poster can do. Why oh why?

Please someone enlighten me to the point of this 'marking of place' .To me it's rude, pointless and utterly unnecessary. I get the "bumping" of thread bit, but the marking of place, I don't get. To me it's self-indulgent, rude, and just plain attention-seeking! Why oh why?

LittlePinkMouse Mon 11-Feb-13 12:29:17

<marks place>

If you are following a thread it means it pops up on your 'threads I'm on'

SassySpice Mon 11-Feb-13 12:30:03

Just marking my pl....

calandarbear Mon 11-Feb-13 12:30:49

I don't know the reason for doing it, is it to do with being able to find the thread? It doesn't annoy me though.

BertieBotts Mon 11-Feb-13 12:30:55

So you can view it on threads I'm on - I've done it for example on a thread which has a discussion I'm interested in and want to post on but don't have the time to compose an in-depth post.

MrsLettuce Mon 11-Feb-13 12:31:00

Is better than this:

MrsLettuce Mon 11-Feb-13 12:31:06


BertieBotts Mon 11-Feb-13 12:31:32

I think it's rude to do so on a sensitive thread, though.

Allicando Mon 11-Feb-13 12:31:34

It's not rude or attention seeking imo it's just a way of book marking a thread.

BumpingFuglies Mon 11-Feb-13 12:31:45

So it turns up on Threads I'm On. How is it rude? confused

funnymum71 Mon 11-Feb-13 12:31:51

I mark my place on bunfight threads these days just so I can see the HQ deletion message as some of them are genius. I sometimes mark if I don't have time to comment, but want to come back later.

Other than that, I generally watch threads instead of place marking where I'm interested in the topic, but don't have anything to contribute.

But really OP, YABU to get so upset - its hardly attention seeking to write "marking place" is it? Its not like someone has gone onto a thread and said "Fuck off OP" which would be a lot more rude and attention seeking eh.

Pandemoniaa Mon 11-Feb-13 12:32:10

I suspect that place marking is often done so that it moves the thread into the "I'm On" category. I do admit that the phrase slightly irritates me though. It's the combination of slightly voyeuristic and "can't be arsed to say anything useful" that grates.

BlackAffronted Mon 11-Feb-13 12:33:05

I find it rude. I only comment if I have something useful to say. To me, its like rubberneckers at an accident or street brawl.

austenozzy Mon 11-Feb-13 12:33:30

i agree. why not simply watch the thread instead of cluttering it with shite?

I think some people do it to see the possible deletion message on troll threads or bun fight threads?

Otherwise, why wouldn't you just press the 'watch this thread' button so you can find it later?

KenLeeeeeee Mon 11-Feb-13 12:34:22

<sits on hands>

AudrinaAdare Mon 11-Feb-13 12:35:23

Recently I people have been posting on threads because when it gets deleted you get to see MNHQ's new comedy deletion explanations.

BumpingFuglies Mon 11-Feb-13 12:35:27

It means you can read on from where you last looked by locating your "marked place". It's just using a function, that's all.

KumquatMae Mon 11-Feb-13 12:36:14

I have only ever used mn on my phone (cba to get big heavy laptop out for a quick browse!) but on the mobile site there is a handy little "bookmark" button under each post. Clicking it then means when you come back to the post later it automatically scrolls to the bookmarked place. Is there not this option on the main site?
I can see why people feel the need to do it, popular threads move fast and it can be hard to keep up. But on a serious thread, posts of "just marking my place" could be seen as voyeuristic I suppose.

Cos if I haven't got time to write something thoughtful, witty or erudite but want to find the thread easily for later enjoyment it seems fine to me.

Although times I just type something pointless, so I don't upset people like you.


Debs75 Mon 11-Feb-13 12:37:00

I do it on long running threads as I don't always get on the computer for while and they all disappear from my 'threads you are on' list.
I don't think it is rude unless it is a really sensitive thread

DayToDayShit Mon 11-Feb-13 12:37:07

i always mark.

It hurts nobody.

LittleChimneyDroppings Mon 11-Feb-13 12:38:01


MonstrousPippin Mon 11-Feb-13 12:38:59

Perhaps MNHQ should copy the deletion explanations to people watching the thread too and then people don't have to do it?

Or do they already? I dunno.

KumquatMae Mon 11-Feb-13 12:39:27

Cross posted. Yes to whoever said on a sensitive thread it is like rubbernecking at the scene of a car accident. Nothing to contribute but oooh this is interesting to watch.
Doesn't bother me at all on fun lighthearted threads.

ouryve Mon 11-Feb-13 12:40:03

Is it groundhog day?

The bookmark button is available on the main site, but you need to watch the thread or post in it if you don't want to lose track. All the bookmark does is take you to where you left off if you click on the thread title.

NickNacks Mon 11-Feb-13 12:40:31

But you can 'watch' a thread and it will come up in 'threads I'm watching' and 'bookmark' it so you can return to the last place you read.

Yes it's a bit crass on a very sensitive thread but I see no problem with it on a lighthearted one!

amillionyears Mon 11-Feb-13 12:45:18

I just assume that the posters concerned are maybe new ones, or posters that do not know about pressing "watch" this thread.

foxache Mon 11-Feb-13 12:48:35

I used to hate seeing 'marking my place' it was like posters rubbing their hands together waiting for a bunfight. But the other day I saw a series of dots and realised it's just bookmarking - interested, but nothing to add.

Also, slightly more honest than lurking? (like I do blush) I can rarely add to a conversation but am interested in the outcome or advice offered.

BertieBotts Mon 11-Feb-13 12:55:05

I always forget to look in threads I'm watching, it's not a feature I use.

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 12:59:36

Plain rude for those leaving dots on MY THREAD! grin

Anyway, Funnymun71, I see what you mean, but isn't watching a thread enough? Instead of marking a place, on sometimes a very sensitive issue. It's about the poster,not the op. How does that help the OP then?

If I have a problem and asking for help, I'd really be cheesed off by someone just coming to mark their place. If the thread is helpful to you surely you'd find something to say,not just mark your place!

Some people just mark their place for drama I feel and this riles me no end!

Pandemoniaa- I agree,it is just voyeuristic isn't it?
Exit- I get your point but you say for later "enjoyment"! I have seen places marked on very sensitive threads! How can someone enjoy someones' misery? I don't mind marking place on lighthearted threads but some people are really lacking in compassion, to go and mark place when someone is looking for much needed help and all they get is someone fucking twat marking place!

Tee2072 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:02:10


NorbertDentressangle Mon 11-Feb-13 13:02:47

I've always just added a 'watch' to a thread and have never quite understood the 'marking my place' thing (well, I do understand why people do it but TBH I can't help but wonder what would happen if we all did it....a thread would just be full of "marking my place"/ "marking my place"/ "marking my place" etc etc. Wouldn't make very interesting reading!)

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:06:51

Norbert,I swear I have seen a thread with half of the posts from people twats just marking their place. I felt it was out of order.
Tee What does that mean? Excuse me if it's some abbreviation I ought to know about.

Fakebook Mon 11-Feb-13 13:14:27

I think it's pathetic, childish and downright rude.

Tee2072 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:20:14

If you think marking place is rude, you'll explode at what ODFOD means...

HestonsFatCock Mon 11-Feb-13 13:24:28

Please explain Tee?


I would never do it on a misery thread - I do have some standards.


Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:27:07

Kumquatmae I like your analogy very much. Brings the whole sentiment of the thread to light. And to all those posters narcissists who lack compassion and go on sensitive/distressing threads very empty handed just to mark your place ,please think twice and think of the OP's feelings, not yourselves! Amen.

Fakebook Mon 11-Feb-13 13:27:58

Oh Do Fuck Off Dear. (?)

Tee2072 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:29:06

Yes Fakebook. I was just going to post.

ceeveebee Mon 11-Feb-13 13:29:50

I sometimes say 'I don't know but I'd be interested in the answer too' which is essentially marking my place. Is that ok?

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:31:29

Tee just try me.I do have a stable disposition and don't tend to explode where gunpowder is absent,nor am I susceptible to internal combustion grin

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:33:06

ceeveebee That I allow! grin

Tee I was just about to post the same acronym. Now I am upset sad

But im going to do it anyway


I feel better now.

Just marking my place by the way, on a thread dedicated to the sheer horror that is attention seeking posters......oh the irony.

Viviennemary Mon 11-Feb-13 13:34:28

I think it's a bit pointless. Why not watch the thread instead. But I've only done that once I think.

ChuffMuffin Mon 11-Feb-13 13:36:40

I use the "watch this thread" button at the bottom of a thread instead of the ./Marking my place/etc

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:39:04

Fakebook Thanks, I should know that. And Tee that's not enough to make me explode, not an expletive anyway! grin
I will fuck off though my dear but not before I shout my message of common decency on threads. Do not mark place on misery!

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:42:57

Tuntrums ODFOD, I'm not seeking your attention. I started thisthread because I feel strongly about the sentiment I have expressed. And most people who have posted here agree with me. So if anything, it's you who is just projecting by digressing from the issue.

BeCool Mon 11-Feb-13 13:43:39

ah it's all explained now. I thought there was some special thread 'tag' I was missing out on.

I do get annoyed at missing the thread deletion messages.

Pagwatch Mon 11-Feb-13 13:46:28

I'm not sure you can retort with the same acronym. I think you have to use a different one or it is just
'you are a poopy head'
'no you are a poopy head'

Although I might be wrong. I am getting sucked into the world of acronyms but it is murkier than I thought. Or MTIT.

To me it's self-indulgent, rude, and just plain attention-seeking

you said attention seeking. That marking place on thread was attention seeking.

I just thought it was funny that you started a thread about the horror of attention seeking.

And whilst we are making rules, underlined and everything, mine will be do not start threads about things that have upset you on another thread. Say it on that thread

Um, where is the "bookmark" thingy on the main site? I can't see it <thick emoticon>

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:52:20

Pagwatch grin I have toimprove on instant comebacks!
Now thats another acronym I have learnt today.Thanks grin

Nagoo Mon 11-Feb-13 13:54:53

I am not a lurker.

I don't know how to lurk.

Threads I'm watching feels a lot more voyeuristic than posting!

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:55:23

Tantrum Trust me that was not my intention.

I will heed your advice not

Nagoo Mon 11-Feb-13 13:57:47

pom in talk: customise at the top, mumsnet new, bookmarks yes, hover to the right of a post and they appear smile

Pagwatch Mon 11-Feb-13 13:58:55

Create a small portfolio and keep it handy.
Mine has "my big book of retorts" on the front in green biro.
I keep it next to "my big book of wankers" for ease of reference.
It's like a small section dedicated to festering resentment and irritation.


(Have I just unintentionally marked my place?!?)

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:00:46

Nagoo,I beg to differ, At least the OP doesn't get to see that someone is being voyeuristic/unhelpful. Who cares what people watch in private? I don't.

ooooo I just bookmarked you I think Nagoo grin
<plays nicely>

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:04:26

Pagwatch grin Now that is a thought. But I have to ask if you really have those files? This a genuine question by the way. But feel free to ignore if you like

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:04:55


Jollyb Mon 11-Feb-13 14:07:45

Even worse are the people who post on a thread, pretending to be concerned about the OP but really they are just being nosy and wanting an u

Pagwatch Mon 11-Feb-13 14:10:28

Bwahahahaha grin

(please be joking)

BackforGood Mon 11-Feb-13 14:11:38

They are two different functions - as lots of people explained when this exact same question was asked about a month ago.

<Wonders if I should go and start a thread about posters asking the exact same question that was discussed recently hmm >

If I think a thread might be interesting either for me to find something out, or maybe feel it's something I could contribute something too, but I've not got time to read through all the previous posts / am in a rush to go out / have just been called for my dinner / etc., then I will mark my spot, as it might be a few hours before I can come back to it and it might not be in active convos. By marking my spot, it pops up where I start each time I log on, which is 'Threads I'm on'.
'Watch this thread', for me, and many others, is a different thing altogether. That is for threads that have some interesting info or links on that I know I might want to refer to in the coming months - for example I've got some holiday ideas threads marked, or there's one about writing personal statments and another to do with university choices. Not things I need to read tonight, but things I may want to read in May or June.
2 completely different things.
Can't really see why it would bother anyone - you just skip to the next post, surely.

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:12:51

I see what you mean but I hope there is very few of those people! But do people really just post to be nosy on a stranger? What do they get out of that?

badtemperedaldbitch Mon 11-Feb-13 14:16:26

I was reading another very funny post, but it ceased to be funny when people started placemarking... why on earth dont they use the bookmark function..

it ruins the flow of reading, cos you have to read it to see that you dont need to read it so the thread went

read the snooping mother in law one if you dont believe me.... totally runnined. its like having the adverts interupting the viewing...... I wish i could hide all the markers!

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:16:35

Backforgood I didn't see the thread you're writing about.
If you have no time to post, then come back later when you can. The thread is not going to run away!

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:18:40

badtemper Exactly.Its like a fucking commercial, attention seeking and disruptive. Spot on. It gets into my nerves

Jollyb Mon 11-Feb-13 14:21:28

Sorry DD pressed post too early . The nosiness comment came from reading a thread in the pregnancy section a few months ago. I must admit it was a bit intriguing. The OP didn't ever come back to update. Every few weeks someone will post on this thread, something along the lines of 'just wondering how you are OP? I've been worried about you'. Call my cynical but have they really been worrying about this person ?'

AFM I'm a watcher rather than a marker.

manticlimactic Mon 11-Feb-13 14:25:43

It's almost as bad a 'Hope the OP is ok' which normally translates to 'Get back and give us an update'* grin

*unless of course the thread is about someone in a situation where they wouldn't be ok (violence etc)

manticlimactic Mon 11-Feb-13 14:26:17

X post with jolly!

QOD Mon 11-Feb-13 14:37:36

So I don't have to scroll thru the whole thing looking for where I read up to

the bookmark thing doesn't work on my iPad

only answered to mark my place grin

BackforGood Mon 11-Feb-13 14:40:17

Dryjuice - but 'later' the thread won't be in active convos, that's why people put it in their 'Threads I'm on', as you can't hold in your head the title or op, to start to search for it, heads have a limited capacity.

valiumredhead Mon 11-Feb-13 14:45:47

ODFOD grin

BeCool Mon 11-Feb-13 14:57:35

I can't figure the bookmark thing out! angry

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:59:24

Backforgood Or alternatively, you could watch them which I think is better than marking on thread.
Jolly I see what you mean but sometimes people invest a lot in terms of time (and research I believe), and really feel involved in the op's journey (esp in relationships) and the op just disappears without a trace/a thank you/update etc

Some people I believe do care. [smile

But others I agree might just be nosy hmm

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 15:01:06

" Come back op" makes me laugh though though I think I have done it once

KindleMum Mon 11-Feb-13 15:08:27

I don't get it either, I just use "watch thread" - and I'll be using bookmarking now I know how to add it. Don't hate placemarking half as much as I hate endless" bumps though. MN seems ok for that but I gave up on Amazon's Kindle forum because you'd click on a thread and it could be up to 80% bumps from people determined that "their" thread stay on page 1.

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 15:15:58

Is bumping annoying? <adds to list of pet hates>
At least if you have nothing to say but have interest in a thread and want it to progress it's better to attract traffic than marking a place on a thread that is already progressing.

BackforGood Mon 11-Feb-13 15:21:47

You asked why - I've explained why I do (not claiming to be speaking for anyone else). You're entitled to think it's better to do it another way, just as posters are entitled to do things the way we want. I'm sure there's lots of things people do on here that annoy others - let's take swearing for one - but that's all part and parcel of coming onto such a massive forum. It takes all sorts, and we're never all going to agree with each other.

KindleMum Mon 11-Feb-13 15:24:57

Bumping because you posted at a quiet time and it looks like no-one saw your post is fine IMO. But bumping 2 minutes after you posted is just rude I think and where people post repeatedly "bump - this was on page 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I think is revoltingly egotistical. (also hate multiple exclamation marks - I'm with Vetinari, sign of a deranged mind!)

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 15:59:26

Kindle true true
Backforgood I respect that and it's true we can't all agree, nevertheless oh so annoying. <hides back under the rock for swearing>

GetOrf Mon 11-Feb-13 16:01:55

lol at !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! = deranged mind. grin

Tee2072 Mon 11-Feb-13 16:24:33

My New Years resolution was to use less !!!.

I haven't accomplished it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tee2072 Mon 11-Feb-13 16:25:15

I got distracted, I meant to add:

But I am deranged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BeCool Mon 11-Feb-13 16:35:07

OMG I have sussed the "bookmark" - there it is floating on the right of a reply to a thread.

Still learning something new every day. Next - if I've bookmarked does it become a thread "I'm On"? <trots off>

Pagwatch Mon 11-Feb-13 16:38:47

Whenever I see !!!!!!! I imagine hysterical jumping up and down and 'OMG' squarking.

Pagwatch Mon 11-Feb-13 16:39:59

<brushes over unfortunate OMG x-post>

GetOrf Mon 11-Feb-13 16:42:06

I do think though that instead of a full stop or a 'marking my place' can people not think of something to say?

Tee2072 Mon 11-Feb-13 16:46:30

No, bookmarking does not put it on TIO. Would be nice if it did or if there was a special 'bookmarked' area!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

*Feeling deranged.

valiumredhead Mon 11-Feb-13 16:57:57

No, bookmarking does not put it on TIO. Would be nice if it did or if there was a special 'bookmarked' area!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It does confused

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 17:11:14

please stop the !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
<and breathe> grin
Tee2075 I am secretly enjoying conjuring images of deranged individuals; keep it up grin
And capital letters, GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 17:13:08

Not that it's something to be enjoyed though <fights the tongues of flames hurled in my direction>

GetOrf Mon 11-Feb-13 17:20:10

the !!!!!!!!!! are as bad as the 'lighthearted' tags on threads these days.

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 17:20:27

I have come up with another acronym. PLTT
Please leave the thread!

I want to use this for anyone who writes "Just marking my place" on a distressing thread grin

Any thoughts?

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 17:23:19

GetOrf Yes that's another one. My first though to that is; 'it's gonna be trivia' ha ha ha <hides>

Tee2072 Mon 11-Feb-13 17:29:44

No it doesn't, if you haven't posted on the thread. Just putting a bookmark, with no post, does not put it in TIO.



makemineamalibuandpineapple Mon 11-Feb-13 19:02:26

What are the deletion explanations?

Tee2072 Mon 11-Feb-13 19:22:49

Oh, they are brilliant, Make. Usually something that ties in with what has happened on the thread.

GreatUncleEddie Mon 11-Feb-13 19:25:21

I think it's a bit crass. Just use the watch list if you have nothing to say, that's what it's for.

MechanicalTheatre Mon 11-Feb-13 19:31:57

Gosh, some of the stuff you lot get upset about!

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 11-Feb-13 19:42:19

Can't remember who mentioned it up thread but the bookmark button works fine on iPads. Just go to the customise at the top.

I'm not keen on place marking tbh. It's not too bad if it's for the GF threads so you can see the deletion message, but other than that the "I'm watching" button is perfectly adequate IMO.

QOD Mon 11-Feb-13 20:57:25

Ok, I've found that setting and set it to show bookmarks

Now what?

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 20:57:36

PLLT not the thread not popular then?

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 20:58:54

PLLT not popular then, even*

Dryjuice25 Mon 11-Feb-13 21:00:48

QOD Now you're home and dry grin

IAmLouisWalsh Mon 11-Feb-13 21:07:17

What are the chances that the little darlings I teach will know what ODFOD means? I so want to say it the next time I get YOLO as a response...

QOD Mon 11-Feb-13 21:42:52

I don't know how to use it though! I can't see the word bookmark anywhere

Joiningthegang Mon 11-Feb-13 22:05:00


nickelbabe Mon 11-Feb-13 22:13:34

sometimes marking threads is useful.
I only use the words when it's funny or erudite.
sometimes on a sensitive post I'll post something because I want to know that the op is okay. and I can never find threads again - I also don't "watch" threads.

RandallPinkFloyd Mon 11-Feb-13 22:30:35

Sorry, forgot to check back!

I you touch the bottom right hand corner of a post the bookmark button will appear. Just tap it gain to save your place.

cumfy Tue 12-Feb-13 13:26:57

I do think MNHQ could merge watching and on and make the watch button bigger, then less people would mark their place.

Oblomov Tue 12-Feb-13 13:41:07

I don't think its rude. I think the reasons why its done have been explained. what exactly is the problem with this? why does it bother you so much?
Beyond me.

QOD Tue 12-Feb-13 15:16:36

I can see it on my phone on the mobile ap but not I-pad

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 12-Feb-13 15:30:59

Oh, I don't know then. I just use the ordinary site on an iPad if that helps at all.

Dryjuice25 Tue 12-Feb-13 23:42:57

Oblomov If you read my posts you would have find why I think it's bad taste to do that

kim147 Tue 12-Feb-13 23:45:05

<walks by, looks at last page, wonders WTF has been going on and walks off>


If I want to placemark, I usually post something vaguely relevant just to write a post
I'm sneaky, me grin

Dryjuice25 Wed 13-Feb-13 00:32:06

Beyond I do that too sometimes grin

EchoBitch Wed 13-Feb-13 01:11:06

If you are THAT interested why not just press 'Watch This Thread'

It keeps the thread on your page forever.

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