Colour code zombie threads?

(136 Posts)
quoteunquote Mon 29-Apr-13 19:10:00

I unwittingly contributed to a thread that had for some reason (best known to the person that did it),been resuscitated,

Could you add, a colour bar where the title is, or on the side, that indicates how old a thread is, blue for current, green a week old, yellow a month, orange six, and red year and beyond,

Then people would be instantly aware when joining in with a thread as to when it was started, as clearly a lot of us don't spot the year when on these threads, and some times people carefully choose threads that the day and month match to resuscitate.

Anyway it would be a simple way of stopping the annoying problem, and for people like the person who started the thread in the above link, they wouldn't have to have something they probably rather forget jump out at them, I hope the OP of that thread is happy now.

quoteunquote Wed 01-May-13 18:55:08

Well when someone starts one, just add a link to the previous one.

I like the idea of the colour codes, as it doesn't have to stop people using a thread, it just helps people make a choice about replying,

across the internet the etiquette is quite different on many forums, as to using old threads, on some forums you must, some you must not, I like that MN is flexible, or tries to be,

when someone does resuscitate an old thread it always annoys some, that won't change unless they are locked, MN could only lock them if they locked all old ones, which would be even more annoying for those who do have long on going threads of use,

at least if they were colour coded, then people could decide if they want to join in with an old thread, they may well want to join in with the new post, and not answer, reply to the original OP.

quoteunquote Sat 11-May-13 20:17:59
SilveryMoon Sat 11-May-13 20:20:45

I like the idea of the advanced search being in most recent date order.
The colour coding is ok, but would there be a key code on the screen? I wouldn't remember what colour was for what time period so there'd have to be a reference on the page somewhere

quoteunquote Sat 11-May-13 20:43:54

just have a key next to reply box

blue for current, (same as now,cold)
green a week old, (starting to mould)
yellow a month, (pus forming)
orange six months, (septic)
red year and beyond (burned up)

as in reverse rainbow.

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 11-May-13 20:48:00


Sorry, not sure where we got to with this; we'll try to find out but it probably won't be until after the weekend. Sorry!

quoteunquote Sun 12-May-13 12:56:26

thanks for replying, it would be nice to have an instant visual clue.

ItsAllTLAsToMe Sun 12-May-13 13:02:51

I think this is a great idea smile. And sorting the threads by date when you search for something would be great too.

Startail Sun 12-May-13 13:10:42

Please colour code, my dyslexic brain transposes numbers, the time date stamp thingy does my head, especially in tiny print on my phone.

FruOla Sun 12-May-13 15:51:35

Apparently Tech has a 'Tech Queue'.

Who wants to get first in the queue for Tech? grin

SuffolkNWhat Sun 12-May-13 16:43:34
FruOla Sun 12-May-13 18:17:17

fortunately I don't actually need to get into Tech's queue at the moment!

quoteunquote Tue 14-May-13 18:58:42

Two or three zombies in aibu this evening.

quoteunquote Tue 14-May-13 19:32:30

feel free to link so we know what to avoid, is it the same person bumping them?

I replied on a zombie thread this week, and then someone had the cheek to call me rude when i said ffs! I think colour coding is a great idea.

Also the search results need looked at. Date order is a good suggestion and can they be a bit more accurate too? If I'm searching for a particular phrase, I don't want search results of every thread that contains either word. Oh and while I'm on a roll, I can't work the thing that lets you choose which topics to search. It's ridiculously difficult.

<rant over blush>

Should have explained I didn't bump it, a few others did. I picked it up on Active.

quoteunquote Tue 14-May-13 20:03:39

someone had the cheek to call me rude when i said ffs! shock

well I was less polite on the above thread.

I do understand else where on other forums, the done thing is to find an existing thread, so for a new poster an understandable mistake, but I don't think the majority of zombie threads resuscitated are anything other than amusement for the sad person who did it.

SuffolkNWhat Fri 17-May-13 11:47:30

Another zombie thread in pregnancy where people are urging the OP to POAS, she posted in 2008, surely she should be in the Guiness Book by now wink

quoteunquote Fri 17-May-13 12:17:33

come on MNHQ colour code the threads,

I keep spotting zombie threads, I haven't been on here yet and not spotted one recently,

there one on purple shoe polish running now, the child in question must have feet twice the size of the shoes that needed polish now.

SuffolkNWhat Sat 18-May-13 14:46:02

And another one in AIBU

quoteunquote Tue 21-May-13 18:57:07
SoupDragon Tue 21-May-13 19:04:17

What about people who are colour blind?

quoteunquote Tue 21-May-13 19:22:14

grin good point,

as we age we all lose the ability to differentiate between colours as accurately as we do as children, most people have no concept of their diminishing ability to distinguish subtleties in the colours and tones,

So give each of the colours above a pattern (like sewing stitch indicators symbols on sewing machines) , then all people will be able to differentiate.

I wonder how many colour blind MNers there are?

good forward thinking soupdragon.

SoupDragon Tue 21-May-13 21:44:51

Less than there would be on Dadsnet smile

SoupDragon Tue 21-May-13 21:45:52

as we age we all lose the ability to differentiate between colours as accurately as we do as children

Heaven help DS2 then... He already cannot see the difference between blue and purple at all.

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