Mumsnet local sites - have you checked out yours yet? What do you think?

(176 Posts)
JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Apr-13 11:07:08

Hi all,
It's been a wee while since we our launched our new, improved Mumsnet local sites. Some of you will have already found yours and are hopefully finding it useful, others have yet have that particular pleasure - if so please do have a butchers now.

Aside from listings, local Talk and information there many Local Ambassadors organising regular group meet-ups, so do have a look to see if there's an active group Meet-up near you and join up to get news of the latest get togethers.

Most of all we'd like to know what you think of it so far. Nb it's still a work in progress <isn't everything?> so do bear that in mind and let us know what you like and what you like less smile - I am sure there are some things we have overlooked/could improve and we'd love to hear from you.

Best,
Justine

babsmam Fri 19-Apr-13 11:49:50

My local site is either durham or Middlesbrough as my home town is between the two. I don't find either particulary well used or containing much information. Part of it I guess is lack of anyone to spend the time filing them in. I'm not quite sure who is responsible for local updates.

I like the idea of mumsnet local as the premis is good just seems very under utilised.

afussyphase Fri 19-Apr-13 12:35:19

I wish it were used more. I check periodically and there is never much of anything listed in my areas (Islington, Camden). And on the childcare boards people post about having had problems getting their listings up!

I like the idea of having all the things there. I'd check it more if I didn't have to click through to the various sub-topics and sub-locations only to see that there aren't any listings -- that gets boring really quickly. For example, for meet-ups, you get a whole list of neighbourhoods, each of which you have to click on, only to see the message that there are no meet-ups planned there. Why not simply list active meet-ups for the whole "Local" instead? Similarly, if you hover over 'Services', a list pops up, but you have to click through and wait for it to load to find out that there are no veg box schemes. Similarly for childcare - great that it is sub-divided, but with each set (babysitters, nannies, childminders etc) having only 1-10 entries with most having only 1 or 2, why not group them together so we can read them quickly? And allow colour-coding or some quick at-a-glance distinction between those looking for childcare and offering it?

Conclusion: just like babsmam, I like the idea, prefer never to have to look at NM again if I can help it (which I currently do for local childcare stuff), but it needs heavier use, and easier at-a-glance viewing might help with that.

MNBlackpoolandFylde Fri 19-Apr-13 12:46:50

As a local editor I would like to know what people would most use/want on local.

We have a couple of big meet ups planned but I want to know what you would use the site for most so I can get that uploaded first.

WipsGlitter Fri 19-Apr-13 12:50:50

I agree with afussy there's too much clicking only to find no information there!

DevonCiderPunk Fri 19-Apr-13 13:08:16

Hooray! Devon & Exeter's local ed here. Please do come and look around, Devonians, I've hoovered and stuffed all the laundry into a cupboard ready for visitors.

Tee2072 Fri 19-Apr-13 13:11:57

If you're not finding enough information, do feel free to add some!

Us Local Editors are doing are best but we need all the help we can get!!!!

- Mumsnet Belfast

I can't view the local topic at all sad I click on 'topics' on the app, select 'local' and a list of places starts to appear but it just continually tries to load until it crashes the app (and sometimes freezes my phone angry )

SuffolkNWhat Fri 19-Apr-13 14:02:49

<tumbleweed>

Hoping to add some information about breastfeeding support soon but I doubt anyone looks at it!

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 14:17:12

A lot of people lurk, Suffolk. You never know who looks at the information. Please do post, us poor local editors can't do it all. Wonderwomen we are not sad

SuffolkNWhat Fri 19-Apr-13 14:24:14

Oh I definitely will be posting once all the support session are finalised but I went hunting for info about pregnancy yoga, aquanatal etc and there is nothing

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 14:25:43

sad That's a shame. Sounds like your poor local editor needs a hand. People will look at them once they are up though. smile

BlueStringPudding Fri 19-Apr-13 14:31:04

It would be useful if we could in some way tag threads on the main boards and have them appear in the Local view.

For example there are some discussions about Surrey schools, moving to Surrey etc on the main boards, that it would make sense to have them also appear in the Surrey Local Talk section.

Is that possible?

SacreBlue Fri 19-Apr-13 14:31:09

Tee I have to update my website so that sounds like the perfect distraction grin do we submit ideas\info to you or do we post up directly?

Also should we mention having vested interests (e.g. If an event is run by a friend of ours or we are working as part of it? I imagine most would be fine to declare but it might ID local members so could that be done in a pm to you?

I don't like the sidebar of recently added events etc. It only takes a few boring pyramid beauty sales ads and childminder vacancies to clutter it up and make it look commercial rather than full of interesting things to do.

Could the job ads etc be kept out of that box or separate?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 14:33:40

That's an excellent idea, Blue brew

It would be lovely for the local threads to show up on the main board for a while, maybe they could stick for 30 mins (just for those who are in that area). They used to do this and it was super helpful.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Apr-13 14:34:26

GiraffeAHolic

I can't view the local topic at all sad I click on 'topics' on the app, select 'local' and a list of places starts to appear but it just continually tries to load until it crashes the app (and sometimes freezes my phone angry )

Hi Giraffe,
Can you tell me which device you're using to view the app and I'll report that to tech…?

Tee2072 Fri 19-Apr-13 14:34:53

You can post directly. Any business/event can have a free listing.

We also have space for paid advertising and/or discount talk ads. Explore the site or you can email me on belfast @ mumsnetlocal .com, no spaces, obviously.

I'm more or less done for the weekend, so I may not respond until Monday, though. smile

SacreBlue Fri 19-Apr-13 14:43:46

Thanks Tee I'll add some classes now smile

MNBlackpoolandFylde Fri 19-Apr-13 14:47:16

Blues idea is a great one!

SuffolkNWhat we are getting page view statistics and people are viewing just not posting on the forum.

On the Facebook page I posted something and over 2000 people looked at it but did not comment but I know from the company that quite a few went to the day from the posting.

SacreBlue Fri 19-Apr-13 15:12:12

Oops, sorry, I have just read the t&c I will have to have a think as I can't grant publishing rights of photos to mn. Will look again at listing some up without photos. Bit boring but at least the info will be there!

Tee2072 Fri 19-Apr-13 15:17:04

Can you find some stock footage, Blue? Something that's in the open domain that is appropriate rather than actual pictures?

Or just no pictures. It doesn't look great but, as you said, at least the info will be there!

K8Middleton Fri 19-Apr-13 15:17:41

I have emailed my local editor and had zero response. Does that help you?!

It's also quite hard to navigate back to the regular talk boards from local talk.

SacreBlue Fri 19-Apr-13 15:18:24

I'll have a look smile

Not every single site has an editor yet mind, so it may just be that your area is in need smile smile

SuffolkNWhat Fri 19-Apr-13 16:01:08

How do we know who our editor is? (probably being very thick here!)

unebagpipe Fri 19-Apr-13 16:36:07

Bit quiet on mine... And takes a while for people to get back! Also, I've posted some items for sale but hugely unsure if anyone else actually looks at the site! Quite hard to access via iPhone too.

AngloSvensk Fri 19-Apr-13 16:59:01

I just want to mention that the Local Editors are working hard to get up listings and getting local businesses interested in YOUR local pages but why would businesses want to get involved when the local area is empty and void of chatter.

So go on! Visit your local page today and stick with us. See what will happen. wink

- Mumsnet Tyneside

Tee2072 Fri 19-Apr-13 17:34:34

There is going to be a way to contact local editors right on the page but it's not there yet.

Our emails are NameOfLocal @mumsnetlocal .com so you can try that, but as has been said, not all areas of an LE yet.

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 17:59:48

I am Local Editor of Dundee/Angus and Fife, and like the others have been putting listings up and working hard to get companies to list - but it is hard to persuade companies to do so when hardly anyone is using the talk boards.

We know people are lurking but not posting. We can SEE YOU [puts spy camera on]

;)

Some areas don't have a LE yet, so if you want to get involved contact MNHQ and volunteer.

MN has 35,000 posts a day - If everyone would post on one local thread, and list one business or event, we would have really active local boards.

We have been discussing the kind of thing to get you all interested. Here are my current ideas

- bookclub

- theatre group

- knitting group (incl. Woolly Hugs and YarnBombing)

- BFing support

but am open to other ideas or suggestions.

Dundee Angus

MN Dundee/Angus

MN Dundee/Angus FB page

MN Dundee/Angus Twitter

Fife

MN Fife

MN Fife FB page

MN Fife Twitter

I'm using the Android app on a Samsung Galaxy S2

SuffolkNWhat Fri 19-Apr-13 18:01:32

Oh I'd love a knitting club as long as I could get tuition!

SuffolkNWhat Fri 19-Apr-13 18:04:59

Right I have contacted the MN Suffolk page to link to our Breastfeeding Supporter page so first steps and all that!

Once our rota has been finalised with the children's centres I'll post listings on the MN local site here.

MNBlackpoolandFylde Fri 19-Apr-13 18:14:10

MN and Fylde Blackpool FB

MN Blackpool and Fylde

@MNetBlackpool on twitter

We have a free picnic in August with 76 children and adults joining us, I promise there will be naice ham wink and cake.

We have a free kids art session coming up with cake and coffee.

KelleStar Fri 19-Apr-13 18:14:38

And don't forget skills swap... I offer knitting/crochet help...

Agree that it can be hard to see on the app, I've tagged the boards so they are in my topics.

I am a Local Ambassador for Bath, but post in Somerset and Bristol too as they are close by me.

I have lost the privileges I had as a tsarina, being able to create a listing without owning or reviewing it meant I could list things I'd come across without much fuss. Being able to edit listings, being able to move listings to correct categories.

If everyone listed one local event, added a service or wrote a review then local would look more full.

More meet-ups for Bath coming soon, today is my due date... No signs yet confused but can't wait to get out for a drink and chat smile

K8Middleton Fri 19-Apr-13 18:18:38

We have a local editor. I have tried to contact her but no reply to my email from weeks ago.

Shame because I am doing it on behalf of a local group with 1000 members and I want to help promote MN local!

<awaits message from ed forthwith>

<expects message went to spam>

domesticslattern Fri 19-Apr-13 18:20:56

I think the key is the visibility. Could there be an 'opt-in' to have the last 24 hours postings in your local area (up to a max of three, say) appear as stickies in your list of active threads?
At the moment for anyone on a phone accessing MN primarily through active threads, local threads are basically invisible. And when you do amble over to look around, ancient tumbleweed. If you can get the talk threads going then I suspect the rest will follow?

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 18:26:12

That is a good idea, Domestic.

K8
Drop MNHQ a wee note to make sure that the LE is still active.

K8Middleton Fri 19-Apr-13 18:32:02

I think she is MmeL. She's been v good at the social media.

I'll put it on my to-do list and chase it up in a bit. She may just be really really busy. Like me grin

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 18:35:36

I'm the LE for Nottingham and Derby. smile Wave. Go on. I'm currently trying to sort out some meet ups. Hopefully we'll have stay and play sessions for the little mumsnetters and carers/parents, and something in the evening for us lot that involves wine.

I really need some help with the listings so I do know that there should be more; Nottingham and Derby are huge places and I'm doing my best. sad

local.mumsnet.com/derby

local.mumsnet.com/nottingham

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 18:38:03

K8
Give her another wee nudge then. Perhaps your email just got overlooked.

FoofFighter Fri 19-Apr-13 18:38:35

Have emailed in about becoming an LA. There's a couple of people on my local board but no info as such and it's all a bit confusing to navigate (sorry!)

wem Fri 19-Apr-13 18:41:19

I've looked periodically and not found much going on, and before you tell me to get going myself - I'm a lurker, I don't initiate grin.

But anyway, just had another look and found someone looking for other people with children starting at the school dd1's going to in September, so I'm pleased with that.

K8Middleton Fri 19-Apr-13 18:41:21

I know she's been working really hard. It was via Twitter that I got sucked back in after my break. So blame the Richmond Ed I'm back! <outs self>

DevonCiderPunk Fri 19-Apr-13 18:43:25

domesticslattern that's a great idea!

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 18:56:35

oooh, she is a v hard worker. I don't think she sleeps, K8.

No more lurking. Dive in, Wem.

Don't forget to have a look at the OFFERS talk threads - where MNetters get discounts on all sorts of great stuff.

K8Middleton Fri 19-Apr-13 19:04:06

Arf grin

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Apr-13 19:10:20

afussyphase

I wish it were used more. I check periodically and there is never much of anything listed in my areas (Islington, Camden). And on the childcare boards people post about having had problems getting their listings up!

I like the idea of having all the things there. I'd check it more if I didn't have to click through to the various sub-topics and sub-locations only to see that there aren't any listings -- that gets boring really quickly. For example, for meet-ups, you get a whole list of neighbourhoods, each of which you have to click on, only to see the message that there are no meet-ups planned there. Why not simply list active meet-ups for the whole "Local" instead? Similarly, if you hover over 'Services', a list pops up, but you have to click through and wait for it to load to find out that there are no veg box schemes. Similarly for childcare - great that it is sub-divided, but with each set (babysitters, nannies, childminders etc) having only 1-10 entries with most having only 1 or 2, why not group them together so we can read them quickly? And allow colour-coding or some quick at-a-glance distinction between those looking for childcare and offering it?

Conclusion: just like babsmam, I like the idea, prefer never to have to look at NM again if I can help it (which I currently do for local childcare stuff), but it needs heavier use, and easier at-a-glance viewing might help with that.

Have you been on Islington or Camden recently Fussy? There are tonnes of listings on Islington and lots on Camden too. If you're looking at childcare listings, you can choose to 'see all' and scroll down through all of them in one go. Most have 'nanny' or 'childminder' in the title so it's easy to scan.

Choccyjules Fri 19-Apr-13 19:22:59

I visit mine when I have a question or need advice on a local topic. It's
very quiet and I notice it can go for weeks without a new topic in Talk. I do usually get one or two replies, however.

NanBullen Fri 19-Apr-13 19:36:04

I've posted a few times on local and met up with other mums once but it doesn't seem very organised. I think because it's new there's no existing meetups group to join.

actually i've just looked at netmums and joined my local group there because there are meetups every week,they are all organised, i can just turn up.

on the local board on mumsnet I post and then maybe don't get a reply for a couple of weeks if at all.

I am trying!

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 19:58:13

Nan
do keep trying - it will get better once people start using it.

And if you are on FB or Twitter, look for your local site there - you can find them by searching for mumsnet and the local site name. I post links to interesting threads there.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Apr-13 20:41:51

GiraffeAHolic

I'm using the Android app on a Samsung Galaxy S2

Thanks Giraffe, I've passed that onto Tech

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Apr-13 20:52:05

NanBullen

I've posted a few times on local and met up with other mums once but it doesn't seem very organised. I think because it's new there's no existing meetups group to join.

actually i've just looked at netmums and joined my local group there because there are meetups every week,they are all organised, i can just turn up.

on the local board on mumsnet I post and then maybe don't get a reply for a couple of weeks if at all.

I am trying!

We've got lots of groups or people wanting to start groups listed here:
www.mumsnet.com/things-to-do/local-meet-ups

If there isn't one near you, you could always start one yourself smile. Now that the groups have meet-up pages where everyone gets notified of updates, it's easier to arrange regular meets.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Apr-13 20:52:51

Some lovely ideas here, keep them coming, we've got the notepad out.

BrittaPie Fri 19-Apr-13 21:05:10

I think we are starting to see an increase in users, but the best way to get more users is to have an active site, and the best way to have an active site is...to have more users grin

Anyhow, Preston is:

Mumsnet Preston
Mumsnet Preston Facebook Page
Mumsnet Preston Twitter - @MumsnetPreston

And Lancashire is:
Mumsnet Lancashire
Mumsnet Lancashire Facebook Page
Mumsnet Lancashire Twitter - @MNLancashire

So, if you have children and live anywhere near Preston or Lancashire, come and join in grin

AngloSvensk Fri 19-Apr-13 21:19:07

I forgot to link my local page!

Mumsnet North and South Tyneside
Mumsnet North and South Tyneside on FB
Mumsnet North and South Tyneside on Twitter

Also, Sunderland coming soon. Watch this space. smile

Tee2072 Fri 19-Apr-13 21:28:23

Well, if everyone is doing it...

Mumsnet Belfast

Belfast Facebook

@MumsnetBelfast

Tee2072 Fri 19-Apr-13 21:29:11

Oops, hit post to soon.

I also wanted to mention that we do a chat on Twitter every Tuesday night from 8 - 9 #MNLocal is the tag. Chat with other MNetters and we're starting to get some local businesses as well!

AwkwardAnnie Fri 19-Apr-13 21:53:29

Is there any way to highlight errors on the pages? There are some glaring errors on our local page, the town I live is spelt wrong and quite a few towns local to me are too in a lot of listings. I've just realised DD's school is on but the information is a few years out of date.

I'm confused too, on the education pages under schools it says there's 7, but it looks like there's all the schools in the area listed.

My local page is quiet but I can see new things are being added, I keep adding things myself too when I remember.

K8Middleton Fri 19-Apr-13 22:01:12

I should also mention I've had a couple of things deleted that would have been allowed in the old days. It does make me think what's the point bothering if someone's going to zap it?

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 22:03:30

K8
We only delete if the listing is not in accordance with the MN 'rules' for the Local boards, so you must be doing something wrong. You should perhaps take this up with the LE though, since you have her email address. Or contact her via FB, if you are on FB.

SacreBlue Fri 19-Apr-13 22:04:24

#pinkyswear to update more attractions etc when I get a chance grin will mention you to Emma next time I see her & hopefully get some more likes, can only manage 3 myself wink

*note to self - work out how to use the twitter account I set up last year in vain attempt to stop anyone taking my name for their account

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 22:05:41

Annie
I'd contact MNHQ with that one - presumably there is not yet a LE for that area so it hasn't been picked up on.

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 22:06:23

Sacrebleu
Join in our Twitter chat, and we will teach you. It is ever so easy once you get used to it.

mummymccar Fri 19-Apr-13 22:09:57

For some reason there doesn't seem to be an option to start a new topic on the talk message boards for Southampton. Managed to do it once but can't for the life of me figure out how I did it!

K8Middleton Fri 19-Apr-13 22:10:24

One of them was pushing my luck (but would totally have been allowed pre switch over) but the other one was fine. It just seemed a bit heavy handed.

I posted a talk thread to give some useful local information of the kind that would go on the Nethuns noticeboard (ie short-term but interesting) and it got zapped. I could have added it as a listing but it wasn't quite right for a local listing because it was just a temporary thing.

I thought I was being helpful posting about local events and news confused

K8Middleton Fri 19-Apr-13 22:11:58

And my reviews disappeared too. Most odd.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 22:15:55

I reported a lot on my board that should have been removed before I took over but wasn't; things like adverts. I think the old local boards didn't have people reporting adverts/things that shouldn't have been there, so things were left. The new boards have LE's who keep an eye on things so there's less chance of adverts. You may see it as being heavy handed, maybe it is just removing things that shouldn't have been there in the first place. We're not Nethuns, they have different talk guidelines to Mumsnet. I'm just guessing, maybe you should contact MNHQ and ask them to pass your comments on to the LE? I'm sure they can explain why your thread/s were removed.

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 22:17:30

Mummy
You have to go into Discussions to start a new thread. I know it is odd, I have been flummoxed by that.

K8
I really think you should have a word with the LE and have her explain exactly what is allowed under the new guidelines and what is not.

What used to be allowed is totally irrelevant though - I am guessing that a lot of stuff got left on the local sites before cause they didn't get used. Now that we have LEs checking the sites, the spam stuff gets zapped quicker.

And we do have the opportunity for anyone to add a free listing. The talk boards are for talk, not for advertising.

To be clear. Anyone can add a listing, whether it is a permanent or a 'whats on' listing.

If you are offering a discount, then it should go in the Offers section (which has a small charge).

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 22:19:27

XP with LadyMary

smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 22:20:21

wine? smile

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 22:21:10

I think we need a [choc] emoticon.

Am drinking brew tonight

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 19-Apr-13 22:23:38

Or a [cake] emoticon. sad

lubeybooby Fri 19-Apr-13 22:34:49

Any Leicestershire/Warwickshire mums... we have a coffee meet on the 23rd in Hinckley if anyone else fancies it (a few names are down so far) find us here

K8Middleton Fri 19-Apr-13 23:49:52

I think I'm clear on the rules unless they have changed dramatically recently? I skimmed every blue link i got sent and don't remember anything new? I've been around a few years and had a fairly long running thread in Site Stuff about the spam on the local boards - I think I was the only one reporting for a long time so I was extra careful because it's not really on to moan about something and then do it yourself. Besides which I have no commercial interests to promote.

I know this is not Nethuns they're local boards have a huge head start on local as mentioned by others, I merely mentioned it to illustrate a point. There is some stuff that's really handy to know like the local baby clinic being closed for half term or registration for the local charity sale is open to new sellers or the local popular playgroup has space again or that the local cafe is doing free cake with a coffee between 9-11am on week days... things that aren't suitable for a listing but are interesting and relevant and would be the sort of thing you'd pop on your local community notice board or mention to a friend.

We were asked for feedback so that's mine. I think I've been fair in acknowledging the good points and the hard work the local ed has put in and areas for improvement based on my use of MN local pre and post change and other parenting sites. And general customer care (ie replying to emails - not that I wish to bang on I know that the ed is new and rushed off her feet and I absolutely understand that).

Just out of interest are the ed roles still voluntary like the tsarinas were or did MNHQ beef them up and franchise them in the end? I ask because I am much more tolerate towards unpaid volunteers wink

MmeLindor Fri 19-Apr-13 23:59:26

Well, I can't say why your threads have been removed, but they are dealt with by MNHQ not by use LEs, so you should have a word with them rather than on an open thread, imo.

We don't have the power to remove talk threads, that is all down to MNHQ. All we can do is ask MNHQ to have a look if we are unsure if the thread should stand or not.

To be clear about the position of the LEs. We are freelance, paid only in ad buys on the local boards - saying that, we have all put in a tremendous amount of work and few of us have seen any money yet so don't be surprised if we are a bit defensive when we are criticised.

It is to be expected that there are a few kinks to be ironed out when a new project of this size is launched, so we would like to ask for your patience and your support while we do this.

K8Middleton Sat 20-Apr-13 00:22:31

Thanks for clarifying. It wasn't quite clear who was doing what to the lay person.

I confess i'm a little baffled by the bit about discussing things on an open thread? I thought this thread was for feedback on our experiences of new MN local? So I have fed back my experiences. Apologies if I have misunderstood confused

Any way it's way past my bedtime and i have a night feed to do soon so I'll leave you all to it

MmeLindor Sat 20-Apr-13 00:28:33

Sorry, K8 - of course this thread is for feedback but if there is a specific issue needing addressed, with a misunderstanding between you and the LE (I assume) then I think it's perhaps better to ask MNHQ directly.

AmberLeaf Sat 20-Apr-13 01:12:38

I had a look a while back, I had to make a different nickname for the local board Im sure? but I don't remember what it was or the password [if it was different from my usual one?]

It seemed a faff swapping between the two, I do get why a different name on local is a good idea, but it just isn't particularly fluid IYSWIM.

May have another look as there wasn't much there last time.

AmberLeaf Sat 20-Apr-13 01:20:34

ok Ive looked again, can use my usual name if I want to [I dont] but it hasn't saved the alternative name I made last time?

Jonquille Sat 20-Apr-13 01:30:13

Hello,

I am a local editor for Richmond and do 8 hours per day. Do I need to say that 6 of them are after my DC's bed time and after all house chores? But I believe in this and seeing some local people printing out all the info I have put in and planning their Easter activities was the biggest reward so far.

Can you say I am easily pleased. If I would be on an hourly paid job, I would be earning a lot smile But as I always say best things are free in this life. I had such a great support from MN community when I had a newborn at hand, hence feel the need to help others too.
So far I am trying to put as much listings as I can and when out and about discuss discounts for MN users. Shall I tell a little secret, ask a special MN discount as some of them are not active yet but you would be pleasantly surprised wink

K8, first of all, I am glad you are back in MN. You never followed up my tweets, so I though that was a lost case grin

I only remember erasing couple of listings because the lady who posted them said that they no longer run them and are looking for another venue.
Another one I deleted, the one who asked to help her to find a blue Teddy, once helped and found she thanked and asked to delete. This is about it.

And you told so many things that I didn't know and honestly would be of a great help to have. And by the looks of it you know my e-mail, please do send them to me. I did not erase your discussions, as fellow LE above mentioned I do not have power to do so. But if you feel that the info is not going through in there, FB or tweet me, as you see I am pretty responsive there too.

We could always discuss in person, if you want of course and bring all the ideas, criticisms to the table. This could only help to improve the site. And we would know where to concentrate more time.

Anyway, it is too late now. I had a long day and tired after hosting and clearing up a dinner party (after which I came). And may be you are sleeping or feeding by now. But do let me know. I will be in touch, as I always kept my identity open in local talk boards as well.

Have a lovely weekend all. The weather promises to be sunny and we have lots going on in Richmond. St' George's parade, National Trust free entry to Ham House and Osterley park to name a few.

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K8Middleton Sat 20-Apr-13 02:13:47

Hi Jonquille just finishing the night feed and popped back. Yes please to meeting up (it's the only way I can get anything done these days with the baby!) because I want to help. You're doing a brilliant job on the social media and without saying too much because I might as well post my full name and address I'll be so out! I'm not the usual social media person so I'd only dipped in because I had a specific thing to do. If you didn't get a reply I'll chase that up because it means there's a volunteer somewhere struggling. Apologies that's a bit cryptic. I will email you again - I'm juggling my diary around tomorrow so I'll add it to my to-do list. If my email doesn't get to you I'll PM you because that might indicate a problem somewhere and you could be missing out on lots of lovely advertising from someone else! I know that sometimes emails go into a black hole if tech puts the sprogget back in the wrong place or something.

The deleting stuff was a different issue - I didn't think local eds had been given access to that and it's clear from this thread you do not, so I'll just leave my comments on here because they may indicate a more general issue across the local boards. It might be that a lighter touch is needed in the early days to encourage a bit of traffic and help find a natural settling point. I would like to make it clear that I have never spammed and I have no commercial interests, nor am I in anyone's employ (not least because I'm on maternity allowance so that would be benefit fraud) so if it's an issue for an old poster like me then it may be indicative of a wider issue.

I have deliberately just posted my experiences and issues and not solutions because I don't know if the bits that have fallen down are by accident or design, who's responsible or what's possible so my feedback is not meant to be attacking but a factual account of my experiences. As requested <frets>

K8Middleton Sat 20-Apr-13 02:14:51

Oh and good to know about Ham House smile

MmeLindor Sat 20-Apr-13 02:33:19

Didn't mean to imply that you were spamming, K8. I know you are a long term MNetter.

I think that MNHQ has set new rules for the local sites and we will all take a while to get used to them. We LEs often have to ask MNHQ to check cause we are unsure if the post is ok or not.

All I can advise is that if you have a thread or a listing deleted, that you drop MNHQ a line and ask them to take another look.

Sounds like there is an awful lot going on in your area anyway, which is really great.

Bearandcub Sat 20-Apr-13 07:30:44

What can the local editor see about you? I know mine as do a few of my local MN friends and unfortunately she is reknown for her gossiping nature. A couple of friends have told me they have avoided local site because of this.

I'm presuming MN local editors can't see anymore about posters than anyone else, is that right?

DevonCiderPunk Sat 20-Apr-13 07:31:41

Amberleaf Great point.

When the new Local launched, a new username was obligatory, as early feedback suggested that being "outed" was a major concern for Mumsnetters. (I share this concern - I have posted many personal stories on Mumsnet over the years, and running a meet-up under the same username would have made me uncomfortable.) It's a nifty feature; the site recognises whether you're in Local or main, and allocates the appropriate username without you having to do anything.

Over time it became clear that some Mumsnetters prefer to keep their regular posting name, so that's now possible, too. Another nice example of how Local responds to user feedback.

Amberleaf If you're still a bit worried about what's happening with your username, why not visit a Local site somewhere else in the country and post a comment on a random thread, just to test it out?

Exeter has a thread dedicated to testing your local username, so people can have a twirl in front of the mirror with their new togs on before entering the fray.

Tee2072 Sat 20-Apr-13 07:44:05

Bearandcub you are right. We can't see anything about you that you don't put into a profile or say on the site, just like any other poster. We have no access to user information that MNHQ might have about you.

DevonCiderPunk Sat 20-Apr-13 07:44:59

BearandCub Another good question, and I was wondering whether to address that in my last post!

As a Local Editor, I can see nothing about site users. Zip, zilch, nothing - and that's just how I like it. It would be a data protection nightmare for starters.

I have some amazing Local Ambassadors, but again I have no insider info about them. Hand on heart, I have no idea what their regular posting names on Mumsnet might be, and again I don't really want to, as I think Mumsnet's enlightened approach to user anonymity is one of its best features.

The only thing I can do as an LE that other users can't is edit listings. If I see a thread that worries me, I have to report it to MNHQ in the usual way.

Tee2072 Sat 20-Apr-13 07:46:48

Devon and I have cross posted. All of us LE's actually share one brain. It's a new thing HQ are trying out. grin

Like Giraffe I also cant access Local via the app (Samsung Galaxy S3)

DevonCiderPunk Sat 20-Apr-13 08:02:28

Tee Don't forget it's my turn with the eye today smile

Tee2072 Sat 20-Apr-13 08:07:49

Is it, Devon? Darn... smile

Bearandcub Sat 20-Apr-13 08:10:12

grin one brain.

Ok so if I post I think my LE is smelly on my local site she won't know it's me?

Good to know wink

Tee2072 Sat 20-Apr-13 08:12:44

She will not. She may report you to HQ for a personal attack, however.

grin

EwanHoozami Sat 20-Apr-13 08:14:13

The Bristol local site is coming together very nicely, there's loads of great content up there.

I cannot believe that I'm the only MNer in my entire suburb, so I'm looking forward to more people joining in with my local area group so we can get on with some gin drinking meet-ups.

DevonCiderPunk Sat 20-Apr-13 08:19:50

Ewan Please clone yourself immediately smile

Bear glad we helped with the powers of our hivemind (but please don't call your poor LE smelly smile - oh dear, that rhymes...)

MmeLindor Sat 20-Apr-13 08:42:45

Yes, can confirm that I don't know the usual posting name of those using the Local site, or even the LAs.

I might ask MNHQ to change my posting name on Local to this one, cause I am so outed already, it doesn't really bother me.

MNBlackpoolandFylde Sat 20-Apr-13 09:10:44

Can I just ask again, those who are using NM local what do you use it for, that way I can get those sections which are most important to people loaded first.

I have only been in charge of our Local area since Christmas, we are also having to build up new Twitter and Facebook pages (check there if local is not busy as there are loads on Blackpool's Facebook) while building a relationship with businesses because we only get paid if we sell ads.

Please be patient smile

Tee2072 Sat 20-Apr-13 09:12:50

Please be patient and give us a hand!

AmberLeaf Sat 20-Apr-13 09:15:32

Thanks DevonCiderPunk, yes I read last night about the auto username switch, I will have to make another alternative name.

My local board is very quiet though, will have to think if there is anything I can add to it.

MmeLindor Sat 20-Apr-13 09:38:53

You know how you guys can help - by popping over to the site and leaving a review on the listings that are there. Only takes a minute and means the next person has an idea if the cafe or business is any good.

Dundee Cafes

AwkwardAnnie Sat 20-Apr-13 10:08:05

Is there any way to find out if my area Stockport & Tameside had a LE?

I asked about being an ambassador for the old style Local boards but I think they were looking at changing it then so nothing came of it.

Nonotthatagain Sat 20-Apr-13 10:40:37

Just had a look on Local meet-ups as recommended and am surprised there isn't anything for York yet I know there are lots of MNers in the York area - is there a reason for this? or am I looking in the wrong place?

Nonotthatagain Sat 20-Apr-13 10:43:14

Ok did a search and found it but not listed in the North Yorkshire bit so took a bit of finding!

MNBlackpoolandFylde Sat 20-Apr-13 11:00:00

I have asked on Local Eds Facebook who if anyone runs Stockport and Tameside AwkwardAnnie

Jonquille Sat 20-Apr-13 12:14:13

The free entry to National Trust is with voucher. I put a link on Richmond website. smile

And there was a mention of to last or not the temporary things. Yes you can do so. In stead of ticking on-going, you need to tick one off event and enter the dates. It will expire automatically and get erased after these days. So keep listing different events wink
If still confused and need help drop a line to your Local Editor or there is FB and twitter links on the right hand side. Go and ask there too.

MmeLindor Sat 20-Apr-13 15:40:41

If you are unsure if there is a LE, go to Facebook and enter Mumsnet + the name of the area. Generally, if there is a LE, there will be a few posts on there.

MNHQ
Could you add a box to the regions without a LE saying that there is currently no LE, but if someone is interested to get in touch?

And if anyone is thinking about becoming a LE, feel free to PM me or one of the other LEs on this thread to chat about what is involved etc.

eminemmerdale Sat 20-Apr-13 18:11:51

I should like to be a local ambassador. How do I do it??

MNBlackpoolandFylde Sat 20-Apr-13 19:08:04

eminemmerdale Which area are you in and I will pass your message on to local editor for that area who can help?

For others

Local Editors create listings, manage Facebook and Twitter pages, create relationships with local businesses, sell advertisements and arrange meet ups.

Local Ambassadors help with putting listings up, spread the word and arrange meet ups in their area.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 20-Apr-13 19:18:00

AwkwardAnnie

Is there any way to highlight errors on the pages? There are some glaring errors on our local page, the town I live is spelt wrong and quite a few towns local to me are too in a lot of listings. I've just realised DD's school is on but the information is a few years out of date.

I'm confused too, on the education pages under schools it says there's 7, but it looks like there's all the schools in the area listed.

My local page is quiet but I can see new things are being added, I keep adding things myself too when I remember.

Hi Annie
Can you pm me with the spelling errors blush. Tech know about the schools listings not registering and are working on that but if you also told me what was wrong in the school listing, I can get that changed. If you'd rather email, it's emma@mumsnet.com
flowers

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 20-Apr-13 19:22:40

mummymccar

For some reason there doesn't seem to be an option to start a new topic on the talk message boards for Southampton. Managed to do it once but can't for the life of me figure out how I did it!

Just click on whichever topic you want on the active talk board (discussions is the most popular) and click on 'start a new thread':
local.mumsnet.com/Talk/southampton/local-active

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 20-Apr-13 19:24:57

K8Middleton

One of them was pushing my luck (but would totally have been allowed pre switch over) but the other one was fine. It just seemed a bit heavy handed.

I posted a talk thread to give some useful local information of the kind that would go on the Nethuns noticeboard (ie short-term but interesting) and it got zapped. I could have added it as a listing but it wasn't quite right for a local listing because it was just a temporary thing.

I thought I was being helpful posting about local events and news confused

K8, if it's a temporary thing, then just put a listing in What's On next time, it's the top of the options on the Home Page so lots of people see it.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 20-Apr-13 19:38:45

AwkwardAnnie

Is there any way to find out if my area Stockport & Tameside had a LE?

I asked about being an ambassador for the old style Local boards but I think they were looking at changing it then so nothing came of it.

Hi Annie,
We've just had an LE start in Stockport & Tameside so the site should start growing. If you want to be a Local Ambassador (they organise the meet-ups and just help out LEs when they have time) pm me and I'll put you in touch with the Local Ed.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 20-Apr-13 19:42:23

Nonotthatagain

Ok did a search and found it but not listed in the North Yorkshire bit so took a bit of finding!

We haven't got a Local Editor in York and no-one's volunteered to organise meet-ups either. Do you fancy giving it a go? wink

BooMum123 Sat 20-Apr-13 20:07:26

Just wanted to say Hello - Hello! I'm Local Ed for Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Of course volunteering as a Local Ambassador would be wonderful, but I'm also trying to get a comprehensive list of child-friendly places as a starter. I know I've missed some so please chip in by PM or posting here.

Then we can all start reviewing them, and I really think that's when it's going to get fun...

K8Middleton Sat 20-Apr-13 20:10:50

Emma they are not suitable for What's On because they are not events. I have posted some examples of what I mean up thread.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 20-Apr-13 20:40:07

I've tried to upload events a couple of times. Found it difficult to match the event with a description, find netmums idea of just listing events by month and then having things like playgroups separately far easier.

Both times uploading the event hasn't worked and now I've just given up.

wonderstuff Sat 20-Apr-13 21:12:55

How do I change my nname on the local site?

I am a Local Ambassador in Hampshire and the Hampshire site is quiet. I think that threads showing up on the main site would be good - than used to happen, and would occasionally spark a flurry of interest in the local talk boards.

I have been over to the Hampshire site and there is a lot more there than there was a month ago, it is moving in the right direction but I think it's a bit, no ones going there because there isn't anything going on, not much going on because no ones going there... Slow burn but I think it will be fabulous.

BeebiesQueen Sat 20-Apr-13 21:32:25

I also wish our local boards were used more. I'm a local ambassador and am struggling to get anyone to arrange a meet up sad

I also emailed about becoming a local editor and havent yet heard back sad [emailed Friday and very impatient emoticon] wink

MumsetCroydon Sat 20-Apr-13 21:56:24

Here are the various places to find Mumsnet in Croydon:

On Mumsnet Croydon
On Twitter
On Facebook

Loads of people have clicked on to the local Croydon site but few have posted in the Talk section (e.g. we have an unanswered question about school places at the moment) or put a listing on. If everyone who clicked through could add one comment or one listing, it would really come alive

Don't believe I can access the local boards on my android app

newmum2Jack Sun 21-Apr-13 00:25:43

Hi, I'm a new mum, my son is 7 weeks old and was wondering where I can meet new mums in my area. I have to start getting out, I cannot watch anymore Jeremy Kyle!?! Can anyone help?

BooMum123 Sun 21-Apr-13 07:55:08

Morning newmum! Lets see if we can get you away from that Jeremy...

Where (vaguely) are you?

FadBook Sun 21-Apr-13 09:04:35

I've just been on the Staffordshire site and "Stoke-on-Trent" isn't listed as a place (although Kidsgrove & Biddulph which are smaller towns within Stoke). Could Stoke-on-Trent be added?

I'd never been on the local sites since the new changes. It looks really good and could be a really good tool for the local area. How can I get more involved in building up the local site?

whatshappeningnow Sun 21-Apr-13 10:20:41

HI AwkwardAnnie, I am the LE for Stockport and Tameside, I have only just started so listings aren't yet filling up. The schools (7)is what I recently added, MNHQ is sorting out the fact that it only says 7 when in fact there are many more that were sucked in before I started. I know some are out of date and we hope this will get sorted soon. Great news about you being interested in being an LA, I think the Stockport site is going to be brilliant as so much going on in the area.
I am going away today on a school exchange with DD2 and gone for a week, but if you want to email me we can chat when back
stockport.tameside@mumsnetlocal.com

exexpat Sun 21-Apr-13 12:24:55

I can't say I've been finding local at all useful, I'm afraid.

You have to click through way too many pages to get to any actual listings, and then there are hardly any there, and most of them are out of date (the Bristol what's on listings still have loads of Christmas and Easter events).

There are no dates on the classified ads, so you can't tell if a 'for sale' ad is new or has been there for months - maybe they should expire after a week unless the poster chooses to renew?

The local talk board is mainly used for discussion of schools and places to live, as ever, which is fine but of limited interest. We used to run our local MN book group via local talk but were put off when you had the stupid rule about having to have separate names, and we haven't felt inspired to move back since that was abolished.

Basically it all looks very shiny and pretty but is far too complicated - it feels like users have to make a major investment of time and effort to find things, only to discover there is nothing there after all. I'd find it more useful if there were fewer pictures so that more of the actual links and information were on the home page (ie less need to click through loads of layers).

MmeLindor Sun 21-Apr-13 13:11:12

Jilted
I know it seems a bit confusing to begin with, but the idea of the categories is that you can search for something specific.

It really annoys me when I am looking for something and I have to look through weeks and weeks of listings, often advertising the same play or event.

If you are looking for language lessons, you can search for language lessons. If you want a recommendation for a local vet, you can find one.

MmeLindor Sun 21-Apr-13 13:30:23

Exexpat
As we have said, the best way to get more on the local sites is to use it. If everyone says, 'oh, there is nothing there', then it will never get better.

The listings will come. I have spent hours contacting companies and asking them to put on listings, and slowly but surely they are doing so. I am also adding listings myself.

You do know that anyone can add a listing? You as a MNetter can recommend a great place that you have visited by adding a review on the site (click that you are a MNetter and would like to share this business), which we can then add details to later.

I think that the meet ups section on mine is too complicated. There's a section for every part of Brighton and Hove, 27 in total! I would technically belong to the 'Woodingdean' section but would much rather hop on a bus for 20 minutes and meet in the town centre as the 'areas' aren't too alive really. i thought about using it for the most recent meetup but decided to just use the normal meet ups part of the forum to prevent confusion.

I would prefer on the childcare section to have my advert listed under both nannies and babysitters as opposed to two separate adverts and I have seen other ads (not childcare related) repeated into different sections. Like at the moment, of the six latest ads, two are the farmers market and two are the utility warehouse. It'd probably be easier to have the option to choose two or three sections for it to appear in.

People are posting in my local section, but not often.

By the sections I meant to say that it makes more sense in a bigger city, or with less sections, but there are so many sections on there that it seems too complicated. Maybe a mini map with grouped sections such as central, east (Kemp town/Hanover/Elm Grove/etc) further east (woodingdean/rottingdean/saltdean), north east (bevendean, moulscoombe), etc would make it a bit easier.

MmeLindor Sun 21-Apr-13 14:49:00

Confused
I believe the function to post in different topics is coming.

We had the same issue in Dundee with meetups and have recently changed it so that we have Dundee Centre, Dundee West and Dundee Broughty Ferry.

It really is a case of finding out what works and what doesn't and changing what doesn't. To be fair to MNHQ, they are working hard to get things right.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 21-Apr-13 15:01:15

Mnw netmums does that anyway. You can look at antenatal classes or whatever you are looking for in your ears plus there is a what's on month by month section for ad hoc stuff. I wanted to upload our school pamper evening, couldn't find a section to put it in and then it wouldn't upload. Know its not me being think as I used to upload things to the old Mn local.

Mme: That's good to know RE posting in different topics smile

I know they are, but they can't know what's not working without it being brought up wink I think that solution would work down here too. We may be a city but we're not a big one, it doesn't take long to get from the outside to the centre and whilst there are areas that have parks to play in and things not all of the areas have that. There are things to work on but I like the new local as a whole much more than the old local, it's just the kinks that need working out smile

MmeLindor Sun 21-Apr-13 18:23:53

Jilted
I would put that in Things To Do - Whats On - Other Local Events

but if you are unsure, or if it isn't working then do give your LE a shout, or MNHQ.

There have been issues at times with uploading listings, when they were doing something to the site.

Confused
yes, that was the same here. In the suburbs there are hardly any cafes (or none that you would want to go and meet in anyway) so we would meet in town.

I am organising a Dundee Wide meet up rather than individual ones, to begin with.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 21-Apr-13 20:34:00

K8Middleton

Emma they are not suitable for What's On because they are not events. I have posted some examples of what I mean up thread.

Ah, ok, I see. I'll have a word with Community and see why they were zapped. Thanks for giving the details, it's really helpful to have those examples.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 21-Apr-13 20:34:48

JiltedJohnsJulie

I've tried to upload events a couple of times. Found it difficult to match the event with a description, find netmums idea of just listing events by month and then having things like playgroups separately far easier.

Both times uploading the event hasn't worked and now I've just given up.

What happened when you tried to upload the event Jilted?

Goldrill Sun 21-Apr-13 20:35:26

Has Cumbria got an editor? I've checked the facebook page but there's not a lot n that either.

It's a grand idea but I'm not sure there are enough of us up here to make it work!

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 21-Apr-13 20:36:55

wonderstuff

How do I change my nname on the local site?

I am a Local Ambassador in Hampshire and the Hampshire site is quiet. I think that threads showing up on the main site would be good - than used to happen, and would occasionally spark a flurry of interest in the local talk boards.

I have been over to the Hampshire site and there is a lot more there than there was a month ago, it is moving in the right direction but I think it's a bit, no ones going there because there isn't anything going on, not much going on because no ones going there... Slow burn but I think it will be fabulous.

If you pm me with what you want your local nickname changed to and I can get tech to do it.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 21-Apr-13 20:57:01

newmum2Jack

Hi, I'm a new mum, my son is 7 weeks old and was wondering where I can meet new mums in my area. I have to start getting out, I cannot watch anymore Jeremy Kyle!?! Can anyone help?

Hi newmum, welcome! If you pm me with where you are, I can point you in the right direction…

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 21-Apr-13 21:05:10

exexpat

I can't say I've been finding local at all useful, I'm afraid.

You have to click through way too many pages to get to any actual listings, and then there are hardly any there, and most of them are out of date (the Bristol what's on listings still have loads of Christmas and Easter events).

There are no dates on the classified ads, so you can't tell if a 'for sale' ad is new or has been there for months - maybe they should expire after a week unless the poster chooses to renew?

The local talk board is mainly used for discussion of schools and places to live, as ever, which is fine but of limited interest. We used to run our local MN book group via local talk but were put off when you had the stupid rule about having to have separate names, and we haven't felt inspired to move back since that was abolished.

Basically it all looks very shiny and pretty but is far too complicated - it feels like users have to make a major investment of time and effort to find things, only to discover there is nothing there after all. I'd find it more useful if there were fewer pictures so that more of the actual links and information were on the home page (ie less need to click through loads of layers).

We now have the number of listings in each category (shown in brackets) next to each category title so it's really easy to see at a glance where the content is.

I've just been to the Bristol what's on page and tidied that up – some listers had put the wrong end date on. If people put the right end date on, the listings disappear automatically.

That's a good point about classifieds. They do come off after a fixed period but maybe we need to say that somewhere!

You no longer have to change nicknames when you go on Local, so do bring the Bristol Book club back. If you've already created a local nickname and want it to be the same as your main site nickname, just pm me and I can get that done. smile

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 21-Apr-13 21:07:18

ConfusedPixie

I think that the meet ups section on mine is too complicated. There's a section for every part of Brighton and Hove, 27 in total! I would technically belong to the 'Woodingdean' section but would much rather hop on a bus for 20 minutes and meet in the town centre as the 'areas' aren't too alive really. i thought about using it for the most recent meetup but decided to just use the normal meet ups part of the forum to prevent confusion.

I would prefer on the childcare section to have my advert listed under both nannies and babysitters as opposed to two separate adverts and I have seen other ads (not childcare related) repeated into different sections. Like at the moment, of the six latest ads, two are the farmers market and two are the utility warehouse. It'd probably be easier to have the option to choose two or three sections for it to appear in.

People are posting in my local section, but not often.

We agree with you Confused, and we'll sort out the Meet-ups pages for Brighton asap.

AS Mme has said, we're working on being able to put listings in several topics.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 21-Apr-13 21:11:24

Goldrill

Has Cumbria got an editor? I've checked the facebook page but there's not a lot n that either.

It's a grand idea but I'm not sure there are enough of us up here to make it work!

We haven't got an Editor for Cumbria yet, so pm me if you're interested…

Thanks Emma! smile I'm just glad to see that you aren't going to let MN local die out!

Portofino Sun 21-Apr-13 22:20:57

We need our Brussels site back. I had been busy populating with info. It hadn't really taken off, but we have a very active FB group - 50 odd members. So I had hopes...

OhHullitsOnlyMeYoni Sun 21-Apr-13 22:32:48

I've popped over there tonight to have a look. I think it is a great idea, so hope it takes off more! One thing I have noticed is under the Primary Schools header - all schools are listed simply as 'Kent' which is a bit frustrating. Can that be changed to a town or village instead?
It is a shame there isn't more info on the Classes and Things To Do sections but I understand that you can't put things in that you don't know about!
Off to have another poke about smile

MmeLindor Sun 21-Apr-13 22:43:56

Porto
I wondered about a Living Overseas Local - it would be great to have a place for some of the more popular expat cities such as Geneva, Brussels, Singapore, New York...

the ones that people are always asking about.

Could it be put together in a Living Overseas Local, with sections for each area - it would be a lot smaller, but you could approach people such as moving companies, and relocation companies for ads.

You could also have great local tips for visitors.

Portofino Sun 21-Apr-13 22:51:09

Mme, there used to be a Brussels local page. It vanished with the changes. As Tsarina, my feathers were ruffled. Agree with you that MN should not forget the very large number of us that are not in the uk.

MmeLindor Sun 21-Apr-13 22:56:39

Yes, and the advice and support on Overseas Board is so very valuable.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 22-Apr-13 09:15:55

There is no local editor in my area. I would like to be one. I have emailed twice but had no reply. How do I do this MNHQ?

MmeLindor Mon 22-Apr-13 09:38:43

ChocsAway
If you PM Emma, she will help you out there.

Tee2072 Mon 22-Apr-13 11:01:55

Glad to see so many people are having a look!

Don't forget our Twitter Chat tomorrow, 8-9 #MNLocal. You can 'meet' your LE and also some local businesses!

::shameless advert alert::

grin

afussyphase Mon 22-Apr-13 13:29:48

Thanks, EmmaMumsnet - I've just re-checked Islington and there is more now. Having the 'active' tag on the meet-ups helps, so we don't have to click all of the inactive ones.
Things I'd love to see:
--more of what you're already doing so we can see where the content is with minimal click-throughs. Thank you!
--discussion of people's first-hand experiences of the local schools (hopefully an antidote to the gossip-without-basis that can go around).
Discounted entry to local things would be amazing, especially expensive ones like the Zoo I realise I may be dreaming here.
--Listings of family-friendly places like pubs/cafes, cafes with play spaces/crayons etc
--active childcare boards, and (again with the dreaming?) people posting their rates! Saves so much time, really.
Thanks again smile

afussyphase Mon 22-Apr-13 13:30:07

I didn't mean to do the cross-out; forgot it would do that! sorry.

BooMum123 Mon 22-Apr-13 13:45:10

Hello again - exexpat just wanted to say what a good idea I thought it was to use the Local site as a host site for groups. Reckon that there's loads of potential - whether for book/wine clubs, finding others who want to get back into exercise (y'know, maybe), who else is hacked off about a local issue and wants to do something about it... We're plugging away at getting the listings sorted, but chat's allll ready to go for whatever you want it for.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Apr-13 14:53:20

Portofino

We need our Brussels site back. I had been busy populating with info. It hadn't really taken off, but we have a very active FB group - 50 odd members. So I had hopes...

We haven't ruled it out, we just need to iron out the kinks in UK local first but we'd very much like to get some overseas sites going again. It was just a bit of a logistical nightmare trying to do it all at once. smile

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Apr-13 14:54:04

ChocsAwayInMyGob

There is no local editor in my area. I would like to be one. I have emailed twice but had no reply. How do I do this MNHQ?

I've emailed you Chocs. We'd love to have you on board.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Apr-13 15:01:47

afussyphase

Thanks, EmmaMumsnet - I've just re-checked Islington and there is more now. Having the 'active' tag on the meet-ups helps, so we don't have to click all of the inactive ones.
Things I'd love to see:
--more of what you're already doing so we can see where the content is with minimal click-throughs. Thank you!
--discussion of people's first-hand experiences of the local schools (hopefully an antidote to the gossip-without-basis that can go around).
Discounted entry to local things would be amazing, especially expensive ones like the Zoo I realise I may be dreaming here.
--Listings of family-friendly places like pubs/cafes, cafes with play spaces/crayons etc
--active childcare boards, and (again with the dreaming?) people posting their rates! Saves so much time, really.
Thanks again smile

Thanks Fussy, anyone can put a listing or review on the Mumsnet Local sites so we're hoping Mumsnetters will want to share this kind of info with each other. Anyone can post a review underneath a school listing, and there are often discussions about schools on the local talk boards about specific queries.

Good idea about rates on Childcare listings. We can encourage people to do that on the Add a Listing form.
Thanks for all the feedback brew

Portofino Mon 22-Apr-13 15:16:14

Thanks Emma.

VikingLady Mon 22-Apr-13 15:55:12

Darlington seems to have disappeared!

ChocsAwayInMyGob Mon 22-Apr-13 15:58:35

Thanks Emma!

MmeLindor Mon 22-Apr-13 16:08:58

afussy
Did you see the OFFERS tab? Part of the LEs job is persuading companies to put an offer on there.

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 22-Apr-13 21:55:53

On both times it just crashed. Thanks for saying which section I should have put it on but if I couldn't suss it then I feel others will be struggling too. It's just not intuitive.

On both occasions its just crashed repeatedly.

MmeLindor Tue 23-Apr-13 15:51:08

Jilted
I know it seems like a lot of sections at the moment, but once the listings are busier, having them sorted will make finding what you want a whole lot easier.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 23-Apr-13 19:10:13

Ah but they are unlikely to get busier if regular posters can't post grin

cestlesautres Tue 23-Apr-13 20:34:33

Justine, I'd like to suggest that you do a full survey of MNers about use of Mumsnet Local and the site in general.

People would give much more considered responses in a proper survey, and would be able to speak frankly if their views were not on a public thread. It would mean that people with less dominant views could say what they think without being shouted down. You are getting a skewed picture atm.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 23-Apr-13 20:47:24

Justine just seen your comments on the Islibgton site and thought I'd have a look at the primary schools in my area, Cheshire. Can you tell me what order they are in please? They don't seem to be alphabetical or by town.

MmeLindor Wed 24-Apr-13 20:05:28

Bumping this to see if anyone wants to talk to me in Fife

or in Dundee

And to show you all the great page with recommendations for child friendly cafes in your area - it is linked on the home page but the url is currently not working, so here is the right link

Local Cafes

WaterlilyTH Sat 27-Apr-13 21:20:46

Hello,

I'm a Local Editor of Tower Hamlets, London. I just wanted to say if you live in this or neighbouring Boroughs

- come and join our local site:local.mumsnet.com/tower-hamlets

- like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MNTowerHamlets?ref=hl

- follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=mumsnet%20tower%20hamlets&src=typd

We would love to have an active Talk Board where you share your ideas, experience and support each other virtually. We are always happy to 'see' you there!

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 28-Apr-13 14:30:27

If I had have managed to put the pamper evening on, where would it have shown up when people searched?

Also, under the Cheshire What's on section you've got people adding lists for a whole year again, so the first few listings are always the same and a couple are duplicated. Really thought this would have been sorted before the relaunch......

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 30-Apr-13 09:52:06

VikingLady

Darlington seems to have disappeared!

Hi Viking,
Darlington isn't a site in its own right, it falls in the Durham site.

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 30-Apr-13 10:08:58

JiltedJohnsJulie

If I had have managed to put the pamper evening on, where would it have shown up when people searched?

Also, under the Cheshire What's on section you've got people adding lists for a whole year again, so the first few listings are always the same and a couple are duplicated. Really thought this would have been sorted before the relaunch......

Hi Jilted,
I've just gone in and tidied up Cheshire What's On for now, but when there's a Local Editor for Cheshire, they'll be able to move listings from What's On into more appropriate categories, so the What's On shouldn't get clogged with permanent listings.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 30-Apr-13 10:16:21

Thanks very much for that Emna. Did you see my post about the schools section too? smile

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 30-Apr-13 10:22:33

JiltedJohnsJulie

Justine just seen your comments on the Islibgton site and thought I'd have a look at the primary schools in my area, Cheshire. Can you tell me what order they are in please? They don't seem to be alphabetical or by town.

Soon, you'll be able to search alphabetically, or nearest to you or in a number of other ways. Unfortunately, the filters aren't there yet. The easiest thing to do at the moment is to click on 'See All On Map' if you're browsing for schools near you. Or you can type a school's name into the search box if you are looking up a specific school. There aren't many reviews on our school listings yet but once mumsnetters start to add those, it should be a useful resource for parents.

Tee2072 Tue 30-Apr-13 10:30:09

Hey! Look! It's Tuesday again...Twitter chat tonight 8-9, #MNLocal. grin

cestlesautres Not really sure what you mean but I am sure if people have things they don't want to say here, they are more than welcome to email Local and/or Contact Us to have their say.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 30-Apr-13 13:48:57

Thank you smile

topknob Thu 11-Jul-13 21:50:57

http://local.mumsnet.com/Talk/local_essex/1800863-New-Essex-Local-Editor this is Essex !

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