AIBU to think local pages on mumsnet aren't so great

(111 Posts)
Valdeeves Fri 08-Nov-13 00:20:10

Largely because there's not alot of traffic?
I moved to a new area and met all my friends through Netmums - not one on mumsnet despite using the local pages - no one ever replied.
Why is this? Why do mumsnetters not use the pages?

deepfriedsage Fri 08-Nov-13 00:21:21

Because nobody else does.

I think people are reluctant to share their exact location for fear of outing themselves.
A lot like to stay anonymous.

Valdeeves Fri 08-Nov-13 00:24:38

I just find it a shame as there's so much really entertaining conversation on here and the kind of people I would like to have met. I've been lucky as have made friends via the other website but it seems like they need to improve this area.

ChubbyKitty Fri 08-Nov-13 00:24:56

I'm just convinced no one else in this one horse town is a MNer apart from the one friend who only signed up to read a couple of funny threads I told her about.

Valdeeves Fri 08-Nov-13 00:27:18

Ha ha - funnily enough I don't know anyone who uses this site.

I'd tell anyone to steer clear of NetMums "meet-a-mum" boards to be honest...

I met one woman from there and she turned out to be a compulsively lying, manipulative bitch (and I don't use that word lightly) who nearly destroyed my marriage grin

Please note I'm not saying my experience will be the same as everyone else's but it's sure as hell put me off!!

bsc Fri 08-Nov-13 00:29:49

I really think it's the anonymous thing- NM all reg under a forename (usually their own <cough>) whereas on MN (to use a meme-) no-one knows you're a dog grin

Tis a leetle bit of a shame, yes, as there are some people one would probably be great friends with in rl, but I don't think we can have the honestly, and variety of discussion we have on here without the anonymity.

bsc Fri 08-Nov-13 00:30:44

Ha- valdeeves- you don't know of anyone who uses the site, but I bet you do know people that use MN!

lottiegarbanzo Fri 08-Nov-13 00:43:54

You're right but a little patience would be kind - there was a plea for local editors recently, which seems to be part of a push to develop the local sites over the next few months.

You can use a different nn locally from on here.

Once there's more info there, people will find them more easily when googling local activities and may well start using them quite separately from the main site.

RevelsRoulette Fri 08-Nov-13 07:03:49

People don't use it because people don't use it grin nobody wants to go and chat in an empty room. Go there yourself and start lots of threads and eventually someone will join you. Then the two of you talk until maybe a third person will join you. You'll be talking to yourself a lot and waiting for several days for a reply, but in the end, traffic will probably increase.

Don't fancy that?

Neither does anyone else, that's why it's a ghost town grin

wigglesrock Fri 08-Nov-13 07:28:21

I think it's unfortunate, but MN got left behind in general re local pages & like anything it's very difficult to catch up when a "competitor" has been doing it very well before you smile

I also think that when the new MN local was rebooted there were teething problems that I know put me off. I realise that it just depends on where you live but I live in a small region & MN local categories are far too many, there so many different sections, the original necessity to name change (which I know you don't have to now) was also a pain in the arse. It's quite cumbersome to navigate & it's irritating trying to get back to the main site.

I think maybe it's a case of trying to reinvent the wheel.

Valdeeves Fri 08-Nov-13 07:40:35

I have been putting threads there for two years now

nannynick Fri 08-Nov-13 07:59:49

Looking on mobile and there is no button to click to take me to my local area board. Local is hard to find.

Not sure why on NM it does so well, wonder if it took a long time to be established there or did they start with that then added general boards later.

Meglet Fri 08-Nov-13 08:03:37

Because the threads no longer appear in active convo's. I swear they used to pop up every so often.

Now I have to click across to a different site to look at my mumsnet local and I always forget.

If HQ could bring local active convo's back within the main active convo's then I'd use it a bit more often.

We just need to keep posting on our local sites, it's one of the joys of forums. People wont post unless the forums look busy, so the more we can post the better.

I feel a bit guilty as I'm meant to be the one doing the organising of meetups for my local one, but haven't been well enough.

It doesn't help that you have the new local boards, and the old ones that are still part of the main talk area.

I'm not 100% sure how to get there without using one of the purple buttons up top to take me to local classes or childcarers and to get to the local talk through that, and even then it's not hugely obvious from the local landing page how to get to talk.

I do try to use it as if it doesn't get used it won't be useable, but there aren't many of us there and atm there are quite a few convos where somebody asks a question and then me and the local editor respond, and that's it.

jellyboatsandpirates Fri 08-Nov-13 08:10:18

Not sure why on NM it does so well, wonder if it took a long time to be established there or did they start with that then added general boards later.

I've been on Netmums for years, the local boards were around well before the 'coffeehouse' (ie, chat boards) were set up. In fact, I remember the chat when it first started out!
So they'll have had more chance to get established.

pudseypie Fri 08-Nov-13 08:21:35

I don't look at them as you can't get on from a phone which is what I use 90% of the the time. MNHQ please make them accessible from a phone and then we'll all use them more! I know there's loads of us in my town as I can see from some of the posts like the where do you live ones.

UsedToBeNDP Fri 08-Nov-13 08:30:47

What sparklingbrook said. A lot of MNers (the majority?) use the site as an anon chat/talk board, not a place to meet folks in RL.

I think NetMums are more open-put pics of themselves and their DC up. Perhaps the site leans more towards meeting up?

NandH Fri 08-Nov-13 08:39:51

I know what you mean op! I relocated 6 months ago and met people through baby groups but would liked to meet people through here also.

I too think its an anonymous thing.

Where are you grin

deepfriedsage Fri 08-Nov-13 08:50:04

I agree local threads should appear on active convos and a quick click via the mobile site there and back.

MissRee Fri 08-Nov-13 09:15:07

Actually, traffic is increasing to the Local sites and I've seen 2 or 3 threads started just this week alone. I'm the LE for the Greenwich site and my page views have more than doubled in the last few months yet Talk is still quiet.

If you're disappointed by how quiet your Local is, rather than starting a thread saying how shit it is, why not try and encourage people to post there? By saying its shit, all its doing is encouraging people to come and agree with you and putting off people who might want to go and have a look!

You can access all of the Local Site via mobile, just not the app. You need to use the interweb bit of your phone. The start of the web address will always be[your area] or you can just put in the bit and find your area from there.

We also desperately need more Local Ambassadors to organise the meets! If you want to meet more people, VOLUNTEER! It won't take up much of your time - you should organise a meet once every 4-6 weeks but more often if you want to.

Your Local Site has its own email address - it will be [your area] Get in touch with your LE if you want to help make it great, don't just sit there and say the competition is better.

MissRee Fri 08-Nov-13 09:16:28

Oh and I believe MNHQ are working on getting Local threads to appear in Active wink

BobaFetaCheese Fri 08-Nov-13 09:22:05

I end up talking to myself on our local one.

NM is fab for local boards but I don't think I'd use their meet a mum board.

I think a lot of users don't realise that you have a separate NN for the local pages - so posting in MN Local shouldn't out your location on the main boards.

LocalEditorSouthwark Fri 08-Nov-13 10:10:24

So why doesn't everyone on here start using their local sites more?

We all like to have a good bitch natter with people from all over the country but sometimes it's good to talk at a local level:

Children in need coming up - anything happening locally? start a discussion and get involved, raise some money for charity and have some fun!

Christmas - local markets, pantos, grottos, carol services ... we're doing our best to build these listings up for you but would welcome some help. There's one (possibly two) Local Editors for each area there are tons of you! Lots of us have kids at school/nursery - are they having a Christmas fair? List it!

How many of you have gone into a local shop be it an independent boutique or a poundland and thought bloody hell that's a good deal - spread the word, we could all do with a bargain.

Had a nice meal locally? tell us about it! had a shit one, tell us about that too.

Local politics - what the bloody hell do they think they're playing at <shakes fist>

Been to a new fitness class that's BRILLIANT if you have small children (kids allowed in the class/great creche etc)

Just been serviced (oo-er) by a good plumber/builder/electrician - recommend them. This is a big factor for me when I need something fixed.

If you're in Southwark, post and I will talk to you. If you talk back someone else might join in. Visit your local Facebook page and follow on Twitter (Mumsnet Southwark and @MNSouthwark)

A lot of the local editor's are new and could really do with the support!

I would like to use the local site more, but it's really difficult to go back to 'Threads I'm on' and the main site once you are on them. Same with the blogs and the cars sections. So I avoid them.

jellyboatsandpirates Fri 08-Nov-13 10:14:24

My mission today is to find some things going on our local area and post on it! smile

MissRee Fri 08-Nov-13 10:19:42

Travelincolour There's a great big button at the top of the Local desktop site that says "Go to" grin

On the mobile site, there's a great big button right at the bottom that says "Go to".

I personally have the mobile site bookmarked on my iPhone so it appears as an icon in the same way an app does wink

LocalEditorSouthwark Fri 08-Nov-13 10:21:48

yay jelly!

Even as an ambassador I sometimes get so engrossed in the main site that I forget to go over there for a while. blush

I've just been over to my local board (thanks to this thread), had a quick flick through the active convos, replied on some and started some others.

How about everyone reading here goes over to their local board and posts one comment? There must be something you want to contribute smile

jellyboatsandpirates Fri 08-Nov-13 10:35:51

OK, just tried to upload some local Christmas events. It's a right faff. Then typed in all the details and got "access denied!" confused
Maybe THAT'S why nobody posts any listings on there?! It's too bloody hard!
Netmums is just a simple form and a comment on what the place you are adding is about.
Then voila, you're done! Not sure what 'access denied' is supposed to mean. MNHQ? Any light?
So much for that, might as well stay on the national boards! grin
or letting netmums know the local goings on instead <runs away> grin

MissRee Fri 08-Nov-13 10:41:17

I'm going to ask MNHQ to look into that Jellyboats because that shouldn't happen confused

trish5000 Fri 08-Nov-13 10:46:47

When someone posted on my local one a while ago, she was actually already living in an area that had far more young mums than where I live. So I figured, that give her a couple of weeks and she would be awash with new local rl people. So t would have been silly for me to travel a distance to meet up with her, especially since I wasnt a new mum myself.

Also, I have since realised that if you post in local it comes up the exact area, when someone searches you. Who is going to want that? Not me, and not thousands of others, I suspect.

BobaFetaCheese Fri 08-Nov-13 10:55:56

trish, I think that's where NM got it right, I live in a London borough and on there it's (for example) Southwark, not Camberwell, Peckham Rye, Dulwich Village, Borough etc all being different 'sites', it's too segregrated (i cant spell that word for toffee).
Maybe if there was a general SE london, SW london etc n board and then a borough/city list people would be more likely to post?

jellyboatsandpirates Fri 08-Nov-13 10:56:55

Also, I have since realised that if you post in local it comes up the exact area, when someone searches you. Who is going to want that? Not me, and not thousands of others, I suspect.

What do you mean it comes up with the exact area? Does it pinpoint your street or something?! confused grin

MissRee Fri 08-Nov-13 10:59:40

Boba I'm not sure I follow? Southwark is it's own site as a Borough and then it has the towns within.

Greenwich is a borough which includes Plumstead, Woolwich etc under that same umbrella.

Boba Outside of London it's a totally different story, I often find in the Herts board that I am nowhere near a lot of users.

Exactly missree, so if you are having a great time perusing active convo's in the main site, then you click on one in cars, blogs or local, the interface suddenly changes and you can only go back to the main homepage, not back to where you were.

MissRee Fri 08-Nov-13 11:23:13

Does the back button not work? Sorry, I don't think I've ever come across this before. Or are you using the app?

trish5000 Fri 08-Nov-13 11:27:02

jelly, my area is sparsely populated. No streets for miles around. So no, I dont want to be zoomed in on thanks. I post some personal stuff.

BobaFetaCheese Fri 08-Nov-13 11:34:24

Rubbish at explaining myself; missree, I mean that in London I don't see the need for the camberwell board when Southwark covers it all, and your posts end up on the Southwark board anyway.
My local board has (active) next to only one town so I think it might put people off from posting because it looks like there is no one in their area (hope I've made some sense, feeding ds atm and singing to bubble guppies so ny brain is mush atm)!

murder, i'm guilty of the narrowminded Londoner way of thinking! Forgot there's massive counties outside of the big cities. blush

MissRee Fri 08-Nov-13 11:38:50

Ohhh, I know what you're looking at now. The boards in the Local Meets section are for discussing details of upcoming meets in that area, i.e. deciding specifics (meet you outside etc). If you want a general chat with local people, you should post on the Local Talk board (for Southwark, that would be here:

Within the Local Meets section, an area will only show as "Active" if someone has volunteered to be a Local Ambassador. Its frustrating because people complain nobody uses the boards and that there are no meet ups but nobody is willing to step forward and actually volunteer to arrange those meet ups!

wigglesrock Fri 08-Nov-13 12:50:27

I had the access denied thing as well a few months, it seemed to fix itself smile but it is a nuisance all the categories - opening hours, one off event etc info needed to add a simple park listing. I know that when the new MN local was launched which I think now was a year ago or so, I flagged up the issue of postcodes needed etc when I just wanted to let people know there was a decent park beside the bus station.

It was taking me 10 - 15 minutes to get all the listing info correct & stop those bloody red asterixes winking at me. I couldn't be bothered with that when I had a list of 15 parks etc to put in, so I didn't do it.

MissRee Fri 08-Nov-13 12:56:28

That's really helpful wigglesrock, I'll flag that with MNHQ. It will allow you to add just the first part of the postcode (i.e. SE10 for Greenwich) so I don't know if that helps?

LocalEditorSouthwark Fri 08-Nov-13 14:23:44

I think the point of having lots of areas within the meet ups particularly in the London boroughs is that they are huge. So, in my borough, Southwark for example someone who lives in Bermondsey probably doesn't want to schlep over to Herne Hill. My meet ups only have 1 active at the moment because I've only been doing this for a little while and have only set 1 meeting up. As MissRee says the talkboard is not area specific it is borough wide. HTH

jellyboatsandpirates Fri 08-Nov-13 14:28:45

jelly, my area is sparsely populated. No streets for miles around. So no, I dont want to be zoomed in on thanks. I post some personal stuff.

You don't have the same nickname on there as you do on here, though, so don't understand the personal stuff reference?
You can have a completely different name on the local board.

SamInSouthWales Fri 08-Nov-13 14:32:52

Since I became an editor in May/June, my site has gone from tumbleweed to having nearly 500 followers on Twitter. Just in the last two weeks traffic has really spiked and the local boards are starting to slowly take off. It's not going to happen overnight.

If Mumsnetters use their local boards, the whole thing will snowball. I have also noticed that Netmums seems to be uploaded centrally as there is not a whiff of a local editor in my area. If there is, I haven't seen her on Twitter or Facebook or having any kind of local presence.

It's worth remembering that once upon a time Mumsnet was just two women on two laptops in a kitchen in 2000. Look where it is now.

SamInSouthWales Fri 08-Nov-13 14:34:34

Also, my name when I'm, MNing is totally different to my Local Editor name, so I have total anonymity when I want to wade into debates on AIBU or talk about private stuff.

jellyboatsandpirates Fri 08-Nov-13 14:44:02

If Mumsnetters use their local boards, the whole thing will snowball.

I tried posting some local events this morning. It took about 95 hours (well, felt like it), and at the end of it all said "access denied!" Someone else upthread said that happened to them too.
What's that all about? confused
People aren't going to use them if it's too hard to post!

LocalEditorCambridge Fri 08-Nov-13 15:33:16

I think this thread is really useful - and am sure MNHQ will think so too. There are definitely some things that could be improved regarding usability of the site. But also I think a lot of mumsnetters on the main site are just unaware of how useful the local site could be to them. You don't have to use it to do meet ups or risk outing yourself - but it's helpful if you want the inside gossip on a local school / hospital / what to do this weekend. And you can use a different NN if you want to or keep the same one.

I'd like to know what we could do better because then more people will want to use it. I've not been Editor for very long so I've got a lot to catch up on listings wise. Once that's done I hope it'll become a first port of call for MNetters in Cambridge looking for things to do.

Delilahlilah Fri 08-Nov-13 15:34:26

I had access denied too, but it had listed the event confused
HQ can only do so much, activity on local boards needs to come from local posters. As others have said, you can use another nn on local, so no need to out yourself. Follow your local mn, like them on fb, share their status, apply to be an editor? Help to make the local pages what you want them to be.

bigkidsdidit Fri 08-Nov-13 15:41:39

The Edinburgh one is very very quiet too. I don't know anyone else with children here and resorted to starting a thread in chat as I thought I wouldn't get a reply in local. But you've all inspired me to go over there and start one now!

SamInSouthWales Fri 08-Nov-13 16:59:49

There's some really useful constrictive criticism on here. I am sure it will all lead to improvements.

Pixel Fri 08-Nov-13 17:03:12

I was going on my local one (well two actually as I live right on the border of two counties) but I don't seem to fit in as it seems to be all people moving into the area wanting to know what to do with their toddlers when it's raining! My children are older now but I've given what I think is quite helpful advice a few times and been totally ignored which is a bit disheartening, especially when the conversation between the 'young mums' carries on as if I never posted. Or people ask for cleaners and I suggest someone good but they never acknowledge.
Anyway I've given up now. I've better things to do frankly.

Mignonette Fri 08-Nov-13 17:06:44

I'm a new LE and am seeing out the last few weeks of my notice and then I will be going at it full pelt. I have a very large area and will need help as i have loads of plans and schemes to get things moving. Traffic is up though already.

Use the sites.

wigglesrock Fri 08-Nov-13 17:09:45

I understand it must be very frustrating if you are a local Editor etc to hear posters complaining that the boards are too quiet but I think most people who have commented here feel that they would use the boards more if listing events etc wasn't such a bloody kerfuffle. Maybe if that was addressed by LEs/ MNHQ posters would post more.

I wanted to post some info re how to get tickets to our free Christmas tree turning on off lights - I nearly fecked the laptop through the window - in the end it was easier to start a thread hmm

I'm frustrated too - I'd like a busy local board, but at the end of the day - the info I'd like is already on Netmums, I can follow my local city's website on FB - it's easier.

harticus Fri 08-Nov-13 17:11:31

Use the sites

Not keen because in a small county like the one I live in, it makes me vulnerable to being outed.

LEDundeeAngusFife Fri 08-Nov-13 17:13:35

Another Local Editor signing in.

I have been working for months, thinking 'If you build it, they will come', but the chat boards are still quiet. Like other LEs, I KNOW that you are there, lurking. I can see the stats climb steadily.

We are all working very hard to make the Local sites attractive and useful to you, we are posting on Facebook and Twitter, and some of us have even started a local blog - see the Dundee Angus Fife Local Blog

You can choose a totally different user name, and no one will know if you only use MN for local, or if you post about your kinky sex life under a different name. smile

There is a big box in the top right corner that says 'GO TO MUMSNET.COM' to get back the main site, and if you post on a local thread, it shows up in your Threads I'm On.

We have raised most of the issues mentioned with MNHQ already, but do give us more feedback if there is something that you have noticed.

harticus - did you know that your MN local username is different to your main NN? So people shouldn't be able to link your local posts to personal info on the main boards.

LEDundeeAngusFife Fri 08-Nov-13 17:16:54

For those having issues with Listings - it should be reasonably easy, but I know there were some issues in the past week or so.

I have posted a tutorial here

jellyboatsandpirates Fri 08-Nov-13 17:17:04

they would use the boards more if listing events etc wasn't such a bloody kerfuffle. Maybe if that was addressed by LEs/ MNHQ posters would post more

Definitely this. I'd use it loads and add things to it, but as I found out this morning when I tried, it's a lot of hassle then when you've filled all the events listing in, it says "access denied!" and you lose it all so you feel like throwing the laptop out of the window! smile
It definitely needs sorting if you want people to post in it.

WhereIsMyHat Fri 08-Nov-13 17:17:15

My local is just booooorrring, about nanny shares, private schools and secondary schools. None of which are of any interest to meM

harticus Fri 08-Nov-13 17:19:12

MrsCakes - no I didn't - but now I do! Thanks!

MissRee Fri 08-Nov-13 17:21:12

So post something YOUwant to talk about Whereismyhat confused

LEDundeeAngusFife Fri 08-Nov-13 17:23:05

If you don't want to put postcode etc into a listing, you can just put a .

If we LEs think that we need to add more, we will search and add relevant info

LocalEditorSwansea Fri 08-Nov-13 17:39:20

If you have any problems listings something you can just email them to your LE. I will list things for people, no problem. If you encounter issues, let the LE know or HQ. This way we can try to get the sites going properly. The NN thing being different on Local is something HQ need to make clear to users , IMO. It seems there are unanswered questions etc flying around. Short term hassle for long term gain, I hope!

LocalEdPeterborough Fri 08-Nov-13 17:44:56

Another local ed signing in. I've only been doing it for two weeks and it is a bit lonely over there.

I did comment on a few threads previously under a different nickname so it's really not a problem if you have sensitive stuff on the main MN site. You can't do that on NM and I really think it's a positive side of the MN Local boards.

Yes it takes time to add listings but there is more information than NM which again I think is a plus.

Talk doesn't just have to be about where's the best place to live, it can be about anything at all to do with your area or about anything at all.

If you think things are missing tell us so we can sort it!

LocalEditorWalsall Fri 08-Nov-13 17:48:58

I am all but convinced that there are no other Walsall Mumsnetters. Any that posted on our boards posted long before I took over and were unfortunately not replied to, so haven't returned sad
Any Yam Yams out there please come on over and keep me company! smile

mrscog Fri 08-Nov-13 17:53:53

LE for Worcs here - if anyone is Midlands based I have a competition to win a family ticket to Avoncroft Museum next weekend.


I'd also reiterate what all the other LE's are saying smile

LocalEditorEdinburgh Fri 08-Nov-13 18:05:29

Hello....I´ve just started - this week actually...any feedback is useful to us as we are only just getting going but are all motivated! So, anything you need to see, (apart from board action!) let us know.... listings categories etc.

LocalEditorPortsmouth Fri 08-Nov-13 18:11:26

Those that are saying they got Access Denied - this is because you haven't registered with Mumsnet Local and got your local name. You can't upload a listing unless you have a local nickname. Once you've done that it should be as easy as it is for me to do it.

LocalEditorWiganandSalford Fri 08-Nov-13 18:13:10

Hi I have taken over Wigan and Salford, I am trying to get listings up as quick and relevant as possible.

People are viewing by the statistics , they just are not posting.

LocalEditorPortsmouth Fri 08-Nov-13 18:19:49

I'm glad you've posted OP. I think if you have a look around the various and many local sites, you will be able to tell the ones that either don't have an editor yet, or have a very new one and the ones which have been established for a little while. I've been doing this for around 8 weeks now.

I have been busy up-loading local information and researching the things that most people go to NetMums for - namely baby and toddler groups, local events and local deals. I've secured a 10% discount for a local business and another is under discussion. I'm also in talks with a major Toy company to get some lovely competition prizes.

If anyone wants to take a look at my site, feel free - in fact - compare it to the Netmums site for the same area and see what you think about the actual listings for events, groups etc. I think you will find that we provide much more useful and comprehensive information.

I cannot emphasise enough that it is about people using the site. Go to your local site and either answer a query or start a thread. If everyone did this - very soon we would have a good local natter.

You can't change your name on local - but HQ can. If you want a namechange you have only to ask.

As for the meet ups - I had a successful one two weeks ago and plans for another very soon.

LocalEditorPortsmouth Fri 08-Nov-13 18:22:46

If you want to email your local editor, their email address will be [name of site] If there are things you want to know about -tell us and we'll look into it. For example I had a user post a question about exercise groups that you could take your baby to. I had no listings but I researched it and answered her with a few suggestions. I will carry on researching that and add it all to the listings.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 08-Nov-13 18:32:11

I dip into local sites for more than one area nosy baggage and having moved this summer it was interesting sussing out my new area before I'd even set foot in it.

I've tried suggesting MNers check their local sites for info and even mentioned that they can use a different nname.

I know there's a picture of the British Isles with "Find Your Local Site" on it loud and proud but it's to the right and down the page, wouldn't it be better to promote it at the top underneath the main Mumsnet Talk heading after Talk and Threads headings? (I don't know the proper technical jargon for layout, sorry).

makemineabacardi Fri 08-Nov-13 19:02:04

The problem with my local site is twofold - firstly the font colours are pale green which makes the titles of some threads impossible to read unless you highlight it (not sure who decides what colours to use, is it MNHQ or local editor thing?).

Secondly, the 'description' of the town on the local homepage appears to have been written by a typical mum of the richer parts of town - extolling the virtues of the boutiques and fancy tat independent shops of the area while ignoring any of the less nice parts of town where I live as if they dont exist. I get enough of that on a daily basis and go out of my way to avoid that type of clique. So I avoid the local site for that reason too. Appreciate that may just be that massive chip on my shoulder though. smile

mrscog Fri 08-Nov-13 19:06:46

Makemine I can't comment on your second point, but the colours aren't set to light green although this sometimes comes up in my browser. What you need to do is next to the address bar on your browser (if you're using IE) there's a symbol next to the refresh symbol which looks like a torn piece of paper - click this and it should fix it.

makemineabacardi Fri 08-Nov-13 19:09:28

Ah ok cool, thanks cog, didnt realise. Will give that a go smile

It's really helpful to hear feedback on the local sites, I'm editor for West Sussex and I'm trying my damned hardest to plug in as many listings as I can and to engage on Twitter and Facebook, I'm getting there slowly, the page views are all rising but without people viewing it, people won't view it (iyswim!?) I try to post a general open question thread in local chat to get people talking, sometimes it works, sometimes not.

I'll always answer a thread put up and help anyway I can if people need info/advice etc.

Bare with me and give me time, I'm trying! smile

LESouthampton Fri 08-Nov-13 19:53:34

LE for Southampton checking in. I'm still relatively new but am working very hard on the site to provide listings and publicise the best of things that are added. I also tweet and Facebook nearly every day and have started writing a local blog. blog
I'm also working on getting some prizes for competitions but I'd love if people started posting on the talk boards too.
If anybody has trouble posting a listing then please feel free to e-mail me at or you can contact me through the Facebook or Twitter pages.

You have inspired me! Have posted in my local chat and joined the meet up group smile

LEDundeeAngusFife Fri 08-Nov-13 20:03:21

Someone complained about that when I did the blurb for the site of the week. Yes, of course I concentrated on the naice bits of Dundee and Angus. We want to make the area sound attractive, so I wouldn't say, 'The Hilltoon is delight, if you ignore the junkies and the closed up shops, and if you take a stroll through Lochee at night, be sure to have your wits about you'.

(I do hope some Dundonians happen upon this thread now, and can confirm that!)

What we are trying to do is help MNetters in the local area, by listing places to go, events to see and by arranging meetups.

LocalEditorCroydon Fri 08-Nov-13 20:10:41

Great Question OP.

On the Croydon site we are having an increasing number of listings but we do need more people to participate on the Local Talk boards.

I can guarantee that there is total anonymity. I absolutely do not know who the posters are. As an example someone asked a question about a soft play place and I replied and had a bit of a conversation with that person. Turned out it was one of my best friends but there was nothing on-line that told me that and I don't know her usual Mumsnet name because most people have a 'national' and a 'local' name.

Anyway, do come and visit us if you are local:

LocalEditorColchester Fri 08-Nov-13 20:21:51

Folk of North Essex - over here! I was just about to beg for someone, ANYONE to come talk to me and I thought I'd do a quick check of the boards and I'll be damned but there are suddenly people talking! shock <jumps for joy, short burst of Gangnam style dancing>. I took over Colchester-Harwich at the end of September and have been busting a gut to liven the site up and fill it full of useful listings, get Twitter and FB going etc.. but the talk board was just full of... tumbleweed. People had been talking a while back and then it all just dried up... Looks like some of you are finally giving it another bash - let's keep the momentum up and keep talking! grin

LocalEditorCroydon Fri 08-Nov-13 20:31:00

I should know how to link:

jellyboatsandpirates Fri 08-Nov-13 20:34:14

Just been to look and the event that I listed this morning IS there, so it obviously eventually uploaded - so why the access denied message after posting it?! confused
Another question - when you're uploading a one off event (so say you wanted to upload a Christmas market) why do you have to do it as a review?
I obviously can't review it as it hasn't bloomin' opened yet! grin
Why can't we just list events without it showing as a review?

LocalEdLeicsshire Fri 08-Nov-13 20:41:50

And come to the Local Leicestershire site too, if you're in this area. We're all on facebook too, and we're blummin' hilarious.

Localeditorshropshire Fri 08-Nov-13 21:01:55 checking in. I've been working really hard to get listings up and running. I've started with mother and baby, toddler groups and what's on. I didn't realise just how much there is to do in Shropshire and others probably don't either. Come and have a look.

Come and post on our talk boards. Stats show that people are definitely looking, so please get involved.

We have a meet up on 16th November, look at the talk threads for details.
Why not come along?

Localeditorshropshire Fri 08-Nov-13 21:05:30

Also, if you like Shropshire on Facebook and follow on twitter, you will get lots of daily info from the site. Blog will be appearing shortly too...

LentilAsAnything Fri 08-Nov-13 23:59:32

We just moved to a new area, I knew nothing and only one person in a neighbouring borough: our local ed has been fab! She showed me round the city, gave me the low down on areas for house hunting, and has even been helping me find a place to buy. So, from my perspective, the local boards have been great. They do need more traffic, I wish people would use them more, not sure what else the local editors or those of us who use it can do to increase use, just hope they take off a bit.
<waves to Dundee and Angus Ed> And Fife? Did we acquire new land?

richardIIIsneighbour Sat 09-Nov-13 08:25:06

New Leicester local ed here. Got up this morning to find 2 new threads on the Leicester talk board, probably from people who've read this thread and realised or remembered that local talk exists smile

Like your local on Facebook and follow on Twitter for up to date information and to watch us handle folks asking us if we have a beaker next to our beds or tag us in/tweet us your events, and we'll try to list them on the boards if you're struggling.

LocalEdLeicsshire Sat 09-Nov-13 08:28:49

We just moved to a new area, I knew nothing and only one person in a neighbouring borough: our local ed has been fab! She showed me round the city, gave me the low down on areas for house hunting, and has even been helping me find a place to buy.

Yep, we do that house-finding thing for everyone. But strictly limited to one house each...grin

I've been talking to myself in my Local Talk area for about 8 weeks. We have a local editor but even she's got bored of talking to herself.

I'm really tempted to sneak a quick peak at the competitors local site, but it feels wrong.

My local site is fairly quiet too. Which is surprising as we are quite a chatty bunch and meet up informally every few months.
I've tried organising meet-ups via the local board, but it gets so little traffic I usually end up putting something on chat with a link to it, then running two meet-up threads simultaneously.

topknob Sat 09-Nov-13 09:06:43

Essex people come and talk !
The local ed's are really trying hard and you wouldn't believe the amount of time we all take on trying to make the local sites better and more informative, it will take us a while but we are trying. I only started in July but my weekly stats are generally always going upwards so people are using it more and more...we do need your help too.

Wonderstuff Sat 09-Nov-13 11:01:47

I'm LE Hampshire, things are slowly starting to pick up, compared to the tumbleweed when I started, I'm getting about 2000 hits a week but only about 1 in 10 seem to make there way over to talk, then it's as if everyone is standing around watching.. Most posts are people moving in and wanting advice, often about very small towns or villages.

LEDundeeAngusFife Sat 09-Nov-13 11:32:06

[waves at Lentil]

I have been doing the Kirsty, sadly without Phil. And without the rolling of eyes and sarky comments behind the househunter's back!

It has been great fun.

I am LE for Fife too, and use this name when I post on the boards cause it is easier than using 2 different names. We have a lot of cross-over, particularly in the Tayport/Newport/St Andrews area.

Which reminds me, any Dundee/Angus/Fife Mnetters coming to the meetup at the new Cafe Kitschnbake in Newport? Double award winning cake baker, who makes the most amazing Tunnocks brownies.


Thread here

LentilAsAnything Sat 09-Nov-13 12:37:18

smile A shame we don't have Phil! smile

Thanks again for your help.

Ah! I see. I thought we had acquired the kingdom!

LELoupee Sat 09-Nov-13 13:55:50

Another new local editor here, for East Lothian and Midlothian
If you are in the area pop along and say hi.
Trying my hardest to get the page full of listings and things to do.
I think the local sites will become a valuable resource in due course, even if things seem a little quiet just now. Most of us are trying to do the best we can around other commitments.

moldingsunbeams Sat 09-Nov-13 17:39:51

Funnily enough I have also helped a person new to the area with help on house hunting, areas and schools when I was in charge of Blackpool grin

Perhaps we should offer a new service...

SamInSouthWales Mon 11-Nov-13 12:38:37

If you live in South Wales, pop over to

The Local Editor is really lovely and pretty and kind. smile

SamInSouthWales Mon 11-Nov-13 12:39:15

and of course there's always the Monmouthshire and Newport site too

LocalEditorSouthwark Mon 11-Nov-13 12:48:48

I have someone on my talk board! She wants to meet others in similar situ ... come on people of Rotherhithe you have been called!


TiggyD Mon 11-Nov-13 13:54:52

Only one post near me in the last 4 months and it's an advert. There's about 50,000 people within about a 5 mile radius.

Not very busy is it?

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 11-Nov-13 14:18:12


OK, just tried to upload some local Christmas events. It's a right faff. Then typed in all the details and got "access denied!" confused
Maybe THAT'S why nobody posts any listings on there?! It's too bloody hard!
Netmums is just a simple form and a comment on what the place you are adding is about.
Then voila, you're done! Not sure what 'access denied' is supposed to mean. MNHQ? Any light?
So much for that, might as well stay on the national boards! grin
or letting netmums know the local goings on instead <runs away> grin

Most of the points raised on the thread have been answered in one way or another, but the 'access denied' message is worrying! Jelly, could you pm me with which device and web browser you were using so tech can try and recreate the problem?

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 11-Nov-13 14:20:27


Because the threads no longer appear in active convo's. I swear they used to pop up every so often.

Now I have to click across to a different site to look at my mumsnet local and I always forget.

If HQ could bring local active convo's back within the main active convo's then I'd use it a bit more often.

Hi Meglet,
You're absolutely right and bringing this back is on Tech's list of must dos. It shouldn't be too long now.

LocalEditorBournemouth Mon 11-Nov-13 14:25:37

I'm LE of Bournemouth & Poole. Come over and say hello!

We have a meet up arranged for 30th November. Come along for wine.

If there is anything you would like to see on the local site just let me know. smile

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 11-Nov-13 14:53:59

As has been mentioned, there are links from mobile Mumsnet to Local Talk and Local site home pages via 'Sections' and 'Talk' buttons, but we take your points about navigating back to Mumsnet Talk from Local Talk. We've got a plan, so thanks for the feedback!

We do also need to improve the app when it comes to Local. Mumsnet Local is on there, but currently there are too many topics to scroll through. We're working on it.

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