Zombie thread alert

(52 Posts)
BeCool Fri 16-Aug-13 22:43:59

Just saw it for the first time - it's brilliant.
Well done MNHQ!

What happens, what have they done?

blizy Fri 16-Aug-13 23:07:00

Pretty damn thoughtless in the bereavement topic though.

BeCool Fri 16-Aug-13 23:14:36

I opened a thread and above the "Add your Message" box is a red zombie and a zombie warning. I think it's new having inadvertently posted on a few zombie threads in the past myself

shock grin ooh link one, I wanna see a zombie grin brilliant!

BeCool Fri 16-Aug-13 23:22:31

here you go.
Zombie isn't red actually.

Could it be?

I can see the text in red but not the zombie sad perhaps I need to be on the pc not the mobile site? bloody good idea though!

Relaxedandhappyperson Sat 17-Aug-13 04:54:17

What's wrong with posting on an old thread if its relevant?

It's a weird "rule".

If they don't want people to post on old threads why not just delete them all after 90 days? As they don't get deleted why shouldn't people be free to comment whenever they like?

TheDoctrineOfJetlag Sat 17-Aug-13 04:59:25

It's just an alert, relaxed. You can read it and go ahead and post anyway if you think it's relevant.

Relaxedandhappyperson Sat 17-Aug-13 05:30:53

Or make them read-only.

It may be an alert but it's an alert about a stupid "rule".

If they want to have this stupid "rule" they should have it properly or shock abolish it so that people can post on whatever thread they want without the thought thread police (in-crowd) coming along and smugly finger-wagging.

And zombie is a stupid term too.

neitherrelaxednorhappyaboutstupidrules

TheDoctrineOfJetlag Sat 17-Aug-13 05:36:58

A lot if people get annoyed when they realise they've posted on a zombie thread by accident - I think this is to stop that annoyance, that's all.

Relaxedandhappyperson Sat 17-Aug-13 05:53:04

If they care that much they should look at the date.

Tee2072 Sat 17-Aug-13 08:06:22

My god Relaxed, your username is the definition of ironic!

It's useful because of people giving advice to an OP from 10 years ago when the child in question, for example, is now in secondary!

Relaxedandhappyperson Sat 17-Aug-13 08:28:01

So why not just block replies after a certain time?

Relaxedandhappyperson Sat 17-Aug-13 08:29:30

Or - even better - let people post where and when they like.

Tee you have just epitomised the in-crowd, smug finger-wagging that I was commenting on.

SoupDragon Sat 17-Aug-13 08:30:43

Because sometimes it is relevant!

It;s just a simple warning that the thread is old. Perfectly simple.

SoupDragon Sat 17-Aug-13 08:31:12

Or - even better - let people post where and when they like.

Which it does. It's not stopping you is it?

Tee2072 Sat 17-Aug-13 08:33:19

HA! I'm smug finger wagging and the in-crowd?

You flatter me...

Isabeller Sat 17-Aug-13 08:33:20

Brilliant, agree it might need modification in some topics though...

Tee2072 Sat 17-Aug-13 08:34:09

Oh wait, I get it, anyone who disagrees with you must be smug, finger wagging and part of the in crowd.

It's not that I have a different opinion to you. Oh no.

Tell me, do you also find the school gate mums to be smug and rude?

Maybe it's you?

Isabeller Sat 17-Aug-13 08:35:46

By the way, if someone does reanimate will the next person still get the warning?

Also will there be a little emotizombie on the list showing it is a reanimated thread?

And another thing... grin

SoupDragon Sat 17-Aug-13 08:37:00

I think it stays for a couple of posts, IIRC.

It's not a rule that you can't reanimate a dead thread - this just warns you that the question you are answering may well have been dealt with years ago.

Tee2072 Sat 17-Aug-13 08:37:31

Helen, long may her memory reign, has said that it stays after the first 'zombie' post so the next person sees the message.

So if someone doesn't realize the date, or just doesn't care, it will warn the next person to see the thread.

After that, I guess it's just reanimated.

Isabeller Sat 17-Aug-13 08:37:34

Now have great image in my head of smug, finger wagging flashmob of zombies in MN scarves grin

JollyHappyGiant Sat 17-Aug-13 18:39:41

Wonderful idea HQ, thank you. I just spotted this alert on a thread smile

bruffin Sat 17-Aug-13 18:44:06

It doesnt seem to be working very well, there were two zombie threads today. One was 5 years old and the other is 6 years old

mrscog Sat 17-Aug-13 19:05:48

I like it!

Nagoo Sat 17-Aug-13 19:09:03

I like it too.

<waits for in-crowd badge>

LEMisdisappointed Sat 17-Aug-13 19:12:53

So does it come up automatically or does someone have to report it?

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Sat 17-Aug-13 19:14:59

Oh no! I killed the dead zombie thread link above!

Sorry. I stupidly forgot that it wouldn't be 'zombied' anymore with my stupid reply. blush

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 17-Aug-13 21:26:45

LEMisdisappointed

So does it come up automatically or does someone have to report it?

It comes up automatically - with the first and second posts on threads that haven't been posted on for six months or more.

With the third post onwards though (as ewe has just discovered), it disappears.

Isabeller Sun 18-Aug-13 09:16:52

so if Ewe's reply was eleted would the thread be rezombied? grin

Isabeller Sun 18-Aug-13 09:17:01

deleted

choccyp1g Mon 19-Aug-13 17:03:54

So if a few do-gooders post "zombie thread" "zombie thread" then it stops showing the warning? ???

BeCool Mon 19-Aug-13 17:12:37

SoupDragon has succinctly nailed it:

"It's not a rule that you can't reanimate a dead thread - this just warns you that the question you are answering may well have been dealt with years ago."

MN aren't trying to burden us with rules re old threads. It's simply a warning that you may be posing on a very old thread. Which the poster is free to ignore if s/he wishes to.

Waltons Tue 20-Aug-13 17:43:57

If anyone wants to see the alert, it is on show here

JUST DON'T POST ON THE THREAD, OK?!! <stops shouting>

LadyBeagleEyes Wed 21-Aug-13 19:08:06

I think it's a great idea.
It may help people that CBA RTFT too.

ZingWantsCake Thu 22-Aug-13 10:42:18

<wags finger at Tee>

grin

SunshineBossaNova Thu 22-Aug-13 15:46:57

I love it. And the new cake smiley.

Maryz Thu 22-Aug-13 22:56:55

I think it's brilliant.

The only problem now is that when the spammers and fuckwits reanimate threads, we will all have to resist yelling Zombieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee because if we do it will disappear.

I think it should stay for longer, say ten new posts rather than two.

Maryz Thu 22-Aug-13 22:57:44

Oh, and while I'm at it, I love the "mumsnet have posted on this thread" appearing at the top of threads. It's really great, and saves me reporting threads that mnhq have already seen.

I LOVE the zombie thread picture and have just seen it for the first time. Brilliant MNHQ - especially the picture. I feel a badge coming on smile

Why does it disappear after two posts? I think it should be more.

paprikash Sun 01-Sep-13 20:41:27

Better a cute character than some smart arse actually bothering to post in order to inform you you have dared to post on a zombie thread. Even if it is your first time and it was a long thread and not obvious and so on...Frankly puts me off the whole thing altogether.

CatAmongThePigeons Sun 01-Sep-13 20:57:47

I like the zombie warning. Its not on bereavements is it? shock

nickelbabe Tue 03-Sep-13 13:04:02

i saw the zombie alert on my tablet, but now i'm on my computer it's not there.
i clicked the sample link at the top, too.
sad
i'm in firefox

nickelbabe Tue 03-Sep-13 13:11:29

s'orright, i just realised that people have posted on it, thus removing the zombie warning

BIWI Sun 08-Sep-13 16:29:37

I've just spotted my first one, and it made me grin

One of the other things that often happens with old threads is that they are resurrected by spammers, so hopefully it will also alert people to that.

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 08-Sep-13 16:44:11

grin

southeastdweller Fri 11-Oct-13 22:24:32

I just went to revive an old thread in Adult non-fiction (last post was in the spring) and saw the new alert. Now I'm feeling self-conscious about reviving it so I probably won't. I agree with Relaxed, such a weird rule and one I've never seen before on an internet forum.

TheOnlyOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 11-Oct-13 23:31:26

southeastdweller

I just went to revive an old thread in Adult non-fiction (last post was in the spring) and saw the new alert. Now I'm feeling self-conscious about reviving it so I probably won't. I agree with Relaxed, such a weird rule and one I've never seen before on an internet forum.

Don't feel selfconscious - please feel free to revive - as long as you're not posting e.g. "Buy this book| it will be fine grin

BecauseYoureGorgeous Sun 13-Oct-13 16:39:54

Sounds good to me.

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