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to think that it should be possible for some Chat threads to stay rather than be deleted?

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Mintyy Fri 02-May-14 21:41:46

We seem to have the perverse situation where all AIBU threads stay forever, no matter what the subject matter, with all their trademark feistiness and cuntishness.

But all Chat threads are deleted after 90 days! And yet Chat is where I have had some of my happiest times on Mumsnet, even if we are just bumbling around talking about nothing. Every now and then I go to search for something or other I might have posted in the past, or want to find something someone has posted to me, only to find it has gorn because twas done in Chat.

Now that we have the 30 Days Only topic, can we have a Chat Topic Where The Threads Stay?

What do people think?

EverythingsDozy Fri 02-May-14 21:51:13

I can't even find chat sad

ExitPursuedByABear Fri 02-May-14 21:53:15

I know what you mean. Some of my finest moments have been in Chat. And where are they now?

Beanymonster Fri 02-May-14 21:54:21

I had commented on a thread about recipes in chat, was going to use it tonight and discovered it was obviously too long ago sad

ChaosTrulyReigns Fri 02-May-14 22:03:13

I've asked previously fir a Chat and a Chat Lite.

No avail.


gertiegusset Fri 02-May-14 22:05:22

Maybe some of the AIBUs could go.
Loads of old goady shite on there.

Mintyy Fri 02-May-14 22:25:47

Honestly, I think 90% of aibu could go.

Why does all the aibu stuff stay when chat gets zapped?

beershuffle Sat 03-May-14 00:40:19

Its one topic out of about a hundred. And they can be moved to classics if warranted.

Canthisonebeused Sat 03-May-14 00:43:49

Also surely there is capacity to have longer threads than 1000 posts. That bugs the hell out of me.

Raskova Sat 03-May-14 00:45:28

Everything dozy... Fun and game -- > _chat.

Guessing you're on iPhone app. I couldn't find it. Had to be told.

IamtheZombie Sat 03-May-14 00:47:48

Why not switch Chat and AIBU so that AIBU disappears after 90 minutes days and Chat stays forever and ever Amen.

WandaDoff Sat 03-May-14 01:18:35

I wonder if they'll use the saved AIBUs logs in history classes in a few centuries time, to show how stupid/entitled/goady/ridiculous/etc we were back at the start of the 21st century? <ponders>

I think there should be a way to keep chat threads if requested, because
thats where most of the actual MN community interacts when they aren't bunfighting in fight club.
A lot of the daft threads, the kind ones & the random ones that turn into MN legends happen in chat & if they don't make it into classics then they are gone forever.
If we are going to be used as reference material for future generations then I think that we should be keeping the good stuff rather than AIBUs.

WandaDoff Sat 03-May-14 01:19:47

Zombie said that much more eloquently than me blush

Mintyy Sat 03-May-14 10:42:21

Zombie and Wanda - fantastic ideas there!

Yes, if our children are ever trying to stalk us round the internet in years to come, they are going to be horrified by the impression they get of Mumsnet if they read the aibu threads, whereas they would perhaps understand its appeal if they saw some of the really satisfying Chat ones.

We could still have the option to post something that we don't want to stay forever by posting in 30 days only or aibu.

C'mon hq, don't you think it would improve the overall ambience on the site if the aibu nonsense was the chaff that got deleted?

Also, when are you ever going to rename AIBU as Petty Gripes?

You know it makes sense brew cake.

MardyBra Sat 03-May-14 10:48:17

Yanbu. I like the funny chat threads - like the MN-etted film titles earlier in the week. Not funny enough for classics but still worthy of keeping.

usualsuspectt Sat 03-May-14 10:50:56

I agree with Zombie.

whitepuddingsupper Sat 03-May-14 10:51:01

YANBU, I never understood either why AIBU posts don't auto delete after a set time given most of them are subjects that seem to come up repeatedly anyway.

TereseaGreen Sat 03-May-14 10:54:12

Makes sense to me. 30 Days is 30 days and Chat is Chat. I like Chat and Chat lite, I think it has a nice ring to it.

AnyaKnowIt Sat 03-May-14 10:57:53

Yes to zombie idea too.

meditrina Sat 03-May-14 10:59:20

No, I think chat should stay ephemeral. Perhaps AIBU should become so too?

There are plenty of existing topics if you want to start a thread you think might be worth keeping.

DrankSangriaInThePark Sat 03-May-14 11:01:14

I think Chat should stay.

For the simple fact that long term trolls and goady fuckers know exactly what they are doing posting their creative writing shit in Chat.

Suspect anybody of being a long term fantasist? Bet your bottom dollar they post in Chat and then just when their fantasy hits the 30 days mark and whoooooshes, up they pop with another tall tale.

<taps nose>

OwlCapone Sat 03-May-14 11:08:30

You couldn't just remove the fact that chat disappears after X days as people post there specifically because it disappears. You'd have to do it so that only new threads stay and old ones still disappear.

usualsuspectt Sat 03-May-14 11:12:00

There is a 30 day only topic if you want your thread to disappear.

So you could use that instead of chat.

DrankSangriaInThePark Sat 03-May-14 11:13:57

Yes, normal people would, Usual. For legit reasons.

But you know what happens with the CreativeWriters......they fill a thread with their fantasies sob stories, then move to OTBT or 30 days only, realise they just don't get the followers....and move themselves back to Chat.

OwlCapone Sat 03-May-14 11:16:59

There is a 30 day only topic if you want your thread to disappear.

So you could use that instead of chat.

If that was in response to my post then yes, I know. However that doesn't change the fact that people have posted in chat on the understanding that it will vanish and you can't go and change it so they don't vanish. Any change would have to be for new threads only.

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