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When you want to start a conversation on Mumsnet - how do you do it?

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bibbitybobbityhat Sun 21-Aug-11 19:16:11

Please explain as if speaking to a toddler. Thanks grin.

SuePurblybilt Sun 21-Aug-11 19:17:51

Eh? I am not sure I understand the question. Please explain as if to a toddler grin. Are you asking the way to post a new thread (shurely not)

SuePurblybilt Sun 21-Aug-11 19:18:22

With a ? on the end there, pesky sticky keys.

DontGoCurly Sun 21-Aug-11 19:20:09

You just did it!!!

DrPolidori Sun 21-Aug-11 19:21:30

you click on start a new thread and then you fill in the boxes with your question and then you click post.

And hope someone replies.

BeerTricksPotter Sun 21-Aug-11 19:21:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PortBlacksandIsLovelyInAutumn Sun 21-Aug-11 19:25:56

BeerTricks - i think you are thinking of the brain-vomit that is Twitter grin

What did you want to talk about Bibbity? <smooths out leather couch>

rushofbloodtothefeet Sun 21-Aug-11 19:26:07

<gets down to bibbity's eye level>

How many times have I told you, don't interrupt MN when we're talking
Now run off and play

<necks wine>

bibbitybobbityhat Sun 21-Aug-11 19:53:45

So you're on Mumsnet mooching/pontificating/sharing/poncing about.

Suddenly, it pops into your head - a question. A question for your fellow mumsnetters.

How do you go about asking it? Describe as if to a loon, if not a toddler, how you can get a question in to active convos. Thanks.

(straight up q, honestly, no agenda or nothing. And I'm only about 1/4 of the way down the bottle)

InfestationofLannisters Sun 21-Aug-11 19:55:45

I know!

You put it in Chat or the appropriate specialist board.

If you want a debate, it goes here, yes?

Andrewofgg Sun 21-Aug-11 19:56:09

Get further down the bottle and all will be clearer. Or if not you won't mind.

Paschaelina Sun 21-Aug-11 19:56:38

I dont know, most of my thread questions end up in unanswered. I don't care, I'll talk to myself instead.

SaulGood Sun 21-Aug-11 19:57:58

I decide whether I know which topic it should be in and if I do go straight to it. If not, I click on 'topics' and have a mooch through looking for the appropriate topic. I then open the topic and click on 'start a new thread'.

Is that what you mean?

SuePurblybilt Sun 21-Aug-11 19:58:20

As in how to make it popular? I've noticed the ones saying 'what food was best in your childhood?', 'describe your decor', 'lets talk about you' get the most responses, in general anyway.

So if I wanted a busy thread I'd cunningly ask people to talk about themselves grin

Hassled Sun 21-Aug-11 20:03:50

Response rate to a thread is in direct correlation to how many people happen to recognise the poster - not necessarily popularity, just recognition. Unless you go for the totally outlandish/nail-biting type thing which really strikes a chord with people or flushes out the troll-hunters.

Be careful what you wish for, though - my longest thread (some years ago) was re the PTA. I just wanted it to end, and it bloody wouldn't. It turns out people have strong opinions on the PTA grin.

bibbitybobbityhat Sun 21-Aug-11 20:04:26

Saul - you are goooooooood, baby.

bibbitybobbityhat Sun 21-Aug-11 20:05:32

Oh Hassled sad.

I so know about the PTA. I've been on most of those threads with you!

InfestationofLannisters Sun 21-Aug-11 20:08:45

Oh I was wrong sad but then I have all but drained am much further down the bottle having had to come home from a three-day holiday a day early because of DS being atrocious / not coping.

Will try harder grin

Hassled Sun 21-Aug-11 20:08:53

Saul - a poster after my own heart. Filing matters. Don't start something in Food when it should clearly be in Good Housekeeping, etc.


KurriKurri Sun 21-Aug-11 20:17:52

I once told Gabby off for posting about the English Cricket team under adult fiction.

Afterwards he completely mended his ways grin

Hassled Sun 21-Aug-11 20:20:35

Oh I miss Gabby. I could excuse Cricket filed under Adult Fiction for him.

KurriKurri Sun 21-Aug-11 20:28:47

I miss him too Hassled, but suspect he may be back one day grin

SaulGood Sun 21-Aug-11 20:31:10

I get irrationally cross at misfiled threads (I am a qualified librarian though so it's a flaw I'm well aware of). Particularly the bugger it, I'll bung it in aibu mentality.

I wouldn't start a thread in aibu, largely because I don't give a monkey's flying left testicle whether I'm reasonable. Why are we so bogged down in the dull mire that is reasonable? If you can file 98% of your life into a debate over how reasonable you are, you've failed at life frankly. Why reasonable? Why not am I being bucolic or am I being discombobulating or am I being facetious. I refuse to contract down my online behaviour into something so utterly irrelevant and unimportant.

bibbitybobbityhat Sun 21-Aug-11 20:44:49

Do you have aibu hidden Saul?

Cos I think I am getting to the bottom of why so many posts, especially those by newbs, are started in aibu. Its just not all that obvious how to find a topic and start a new post in it. It is patently obvious that there is a whole host of mumsnetters who do not realise that aibu is not the only place to start a converstation on here (including Gabby, may I say).

I have my own one-woman anti-aibu campaign and it is starting to get tiresome. Especially when I alert mnhq that someone has started an aibu about how many toilet rolls their family uses per week, and mnhq come back to say thanks for alerting us, we are going to leave it in aibu.

Really? leave it forever more?? Isn't it a chat topic at the very most???

Paschaelina Sun 21-Aug-11 20:50:04

Actually, although I agree with you I understand the mentality

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