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Is it unreasonable to...

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TiggyKBE Sat 29-Mar-14 08:36:36

...start a thread with a title that gives no indication as to what the thread is about?

I want a thread title to give me some idea as to whether I will be interested in it's contents or not. I don't want to waste my valuable time opening a thread "What do you think or..." only to find it continues "...of 19th century Bolivian accountancy methods?" when you open it. In the time it took to realise the thread was as boring as a toaster, I could have left the house to go and do some manly pursuit, and en route arrived at the scene of an accident just in time to save a young child's life. These types of thread titles could kill. Please stop them.


Wheresmysocks Sat 29-Mar-14 08:42:25


NymodigFruOla Sat 29-Mar-14 08:45:45


BuzzardBird Sat 29-Mar-14 08:46:17

My toaster is not boring, it is black and faceted! This has a danger of turning into one of those threads.

Hassled Sat 29-Mar-14 08:47:00

Ah, but you need to lure the punters in somehow.

What I especially love is the threads asking a specific technical question about 19th century Bolivian accountancy methods. People google, find links, relate tales of the time they used their time machine to see for themselves the maths prowess of the Bolivians - and the OP never, ever returns. One day I will track one of those posters down and tell them "it was nothing, really - don't mention it. The pleasure was all mine".

And so pleased you've been promoted, Tiggy. Did you bypass the MBE or did I miss that?

Pigletin Sat 29-Mar-14 08:48:46


While we are on this topic... wish people would stop posting here when their thread is really for the chat forums and it is not an AIBU question.

thebody Sat 29-Mar-14 08:51:33

19thcentury Bolivian accountancy methods please tell more sounds interesting.

TiggyKBE Sat 29-Mar-14 08:56:32

MBEs are for lollipop operatives and minor sports persons.

So I should think of that sort of title as similar to the angler fish's light. Lure people in before devouring them with the real AIBU.

And tosters are boring, hence the phrase "as boring as a toaster". They toast. That's it. Their whole raison d'etre is to toast. Sometimes they have bagel or crumpet settings depending on the class they're aimed at, but that's only toasting on just one side.

Sparklingbrook Sat 29-Mar-14 08:57:11

Nee-naw nee-naw Thread Police.

cherrytree63 Sat 29-Mar-14 09:08:28

A toaster with a crumpet setting? I have to hammer my crumpets flat to even fit in my toaster.

Would IBU to start a thread asking where I can buy a toaster that my crumpets will fit into? :-)

Dinnaeknowshitfromclay Sat 29-Mar-14 09:13:34

But another Mumsnetter may come up with the vexatious lack of general knowledge regarding the frequency of which Bolivian accountants had to give tax relief for the owners of toasters (adjustable for crumpets, bagels and otherwise) surely? Without such threads, how are we to know this sort of stuff?

TiggyKBE Sat 29-Mar-14 09:14:57

If you tittled it "Where can I..." you would be being unreasonable.

Do you have unusually large crumpets? (Not a euphemism) I've never had any crumpetular issues regarding their toasterfication

cherrytree63 Sat 29-Mar-14 09:17:12

I shall measure my crumpets and start a thread titled AIBU to ask you how big your crumpets are.

cherrytree63 Sat 29-Mar-14 09:17:45

Maybe they are Bolivian crumpets.

TiggyKBE Sat 29-Mar-14 09:18:11

If you want to post a thread about South American accountancy of any era, you should post it without shame BUT title it correctly so interested parties can find it.

Maybe it needs a forum of it's own?

Sparklingbrook Sat 29-Mar-14 09:23:09

I think just post. Do whatever you like and don't worry about getting it 'right' IYKWIM.

I have no crumpets at all sad

TiggyKBE Sat 29-Mar-14 09:24:49

adjustable for crumpets, bagels and otherwise. But they're just the same setting: Toast on just one side. It just depends on the class of toaster.

Upper class toaster:
Le Toasteur Acadame - provence style toaster with bagel setting. £450. John Lewis.

Middle class toaster:
Brevole 2000 stainless steel toaster with muffin setting. £44.99. M&S.

Lower class toaster:
Big Betty's economy toaster with crumpet setting. £1. Pound Galaxy.

Grennie Sat 29-Mar-14 09:37:27

YABVU. Bolivian accounting methods make a fascinating subject. If you weren't so closed minded, you would have already discovered that.

<misses the point completely>

TillyTellTale Sat 29-Mar-14 09:41:26

cherrytree buy supermarket own brand crumpets. Kingsmill and Warbutons are too thick. As a short rule, if there's only six crumpets in the packet, not a single one will fit in the toaster. Only buy crumpets which are sold in packets of eight or more.

sydlexic Sat 29-Mar-14 09:42:49

I have the black faceted toasted and it has ruined my marriage. DH hates it, he thinks the toaster is too big for the kettle and they should not be together.

He is nearly 6ft I am only 5, I think he is trying to tell me something.

Hassled Sat 29-Mar-14 10:37:11

Toaster/kettle respective proportions don't matter. Giant kettle, tiny toaster - no problem.

What matters is that they must co-ordinate. Mine are both dark red.

RedFocus Sat 29-Mar-14 10:46:46

YANBU and it pisses me off too wink

HappyAgainOneDay Sat 29-Mar-14 11:20:25

I bought a crisp bread roll in Sainsbo's this morning. Does anyone know where I can by a toaster that it could fit into? Not really interested really because I like my rolls halved, well buttered and accompanied by a soft boiled egg.

I went to a barbecue once where guests took a contribution. Someone had made rissoles out of mince and, as they warmed up, they fell through the barbecue into the charcoal. Just thought you'd like to know.....

HoneyDragon Sat 29-Mar-14 11:26:30

Who fucking barbecues rissoles?!

HappyAgainOneDay Sat 29-Mar-14 11:27:59

Precisely but it might have worked if a bit of foil had been underneath each rissole.

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