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Aibu to think too many people use the Aibu topic on Mumsnet, when the Chat topic would do just as well?

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bibbitybobbityyhat Mon 11-Feb-19 21:13:21

Why is Aibu so over-used?

People post everything in there. Don't they know about all the other topics/boards on this website?

Even if they're only using the lame excuse "posting for traffic" why not use Chat?

Aibu is for questions where you might be right and you might be wrong - so you're trying to gauge opinions.

It is not for asking yes or no questions or general tittle tattle. Any aibu that starts "Am I being unreasonable to ask" is not an aibu.

Do people even understand this?

Everyone who replies with "why does it bother you?" can fuck off btw.

LilaJude Mon 11-Feb-19 21:14:28

Because this is the only board with reliable traffic and posting on chat is just screaming into an empty void.

theworldistoosmall Mon 11-Feb-19 21:15:14

When mnhq think a post should be somewhere else they move it. I very rarely look at the topic is posted in. I just read the title and may or may not click on.

WendyImhome Mon 11-Feb-19 21:15:29

I find it a bit annoying too.
People posted by baby names, or asking for holiday tips. If you mention it’s not an AIBU, they say ‘you don’t have to read the thread’

Just fills up the board with irrelevant rubbish though, doesn’t it?

toriatoriatoria Mon 11-Feb-19 21:15:36

I do agree that there are definitely things on this board that belong in chat.

EggysMom Mon 11-Feb-19 21:16:47

Do they need separate boards though? IMO Mumsnet has too many boards, that's why people aren't sure where to post. You could have just one 'chat' board and people preface any AIBU posts with AIBU in the thread title ....

cadburyegg Mon 11-Feb-19 21:17:43

I’ve posted in other forums before and got maybe 1-2 replies. Similar threads on here have got 6 pages of replies!

PooleySpooley Mon 11-Feb-19 21:18:16

You should have posted this in chat.

halfwitpicker Mon 11-Feb-19 21:37:16

It's more cut throat.

The punters love it.

SilverySurfer Mon 11-Feb-19 21:47:51

People are addicted to AIBU.

Talking of Chat - does anyone know why the Chat Board has a _ preceding its name? If you do an advanced search _Chat is at the bottom of the list of Boards - never understood why.

amritsky Mon 11-Feb-19 21:48:27

Yes. Does my nut in, trivial crap like 'aibu to ask if these curtains would look nice in my living room?' Can people please just respond Yabu. Posting for traffic in aibu when you're in crisis or desperation is another matter though- I can't think anyone has a problem with that.

WineAndTiramisu Mon 11-Feb-19 21:48:42

Most other boards are pretty empty, think there's needs to be a cull... grin

Jaspermcsween Mon 11-Feb-19 22:25:33

Yes.
Mumsnet should sort this out.

I don't know how though

UterusUterusGhali Mon 11-Feb-19 22:28:30

There is a reason for the underscore before _Chat but I forget why. So it comes at the top of an alphabetised list maybe? It's gonna bug me.

SilverySurfer Mon 11-Feb-19 22:34:55

No, it comes at the bottom on advanced search which seems a bit daft.

bibbitybobbityyhat Mon 11-Feb-19 22:47:24

Whoever said Mnhq move threads out of aibu ... no, they don't do that. Only in very exceptional circumstances and if asked to do so. They don't habitually tidy up the boards and rearrange accordingly.

OnTheHop Mon 11-Feb-19 22:52:39

It drives me whacky.
When someone needs serious or specialised advice on a legal or relationship issue and they get the AIBU idiots piling in with inaccurate, insensitive or downright dangerous advice.

‘Posting for traffic ‘? Why, because 17 people with out of date hearsay misinformation is SO much better than waiting for one well informed and helpful lawyer?

arethereanyleftatall Mon 11-Feb-19 22:54:35

I like the irony.

QwertyLou Tue 12-Feb-19 01:01:18

I have to admit I’m guilty of this, I posted questions about my child’s birthday party here and only later discovered there is a dedicated “Party” board!? Lots of people only discover mumsnet while googling some parenting issue, and if google takes you to AIBU you just post there.

OnTheHop Tue 12-Feb-19 06:44:11

“Lots of people only discover mumsnet while googling some parenting issue, and if google takes you to AIBU you just post there.”

Which shows how it becomes an exponential trend.

I don’t know why MN don’t just change their name to AIBU.

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Tue 12-Feb-19 06:47:46

Doesn't everyone browse by Active Threads so the section is irrelevant?

recrudescence Tue 12-Feb-19 06:49:54

AIBU must drive a lot of traffic to the site - I doubt the owners will want to do anything that threatens that.

WorraLiberty Tue 12-Feb-19 09:31:42

OnTheHop but no-one should ever use an internet chat forum of any kind, if they need serious or specialised advice on a legal, or relationship issue.

I don't think the issue of AIBU/Chat being used for traffic will ever be resolved, until MNHQ have a proper cull of individual topics tbh.

NameChangeNugget Tue 12-Feb-19 09:43:05

YABU wink

Waspnest Tue 12-Feb-19 09:51:41

Yep I agree OP but I don't know how MN can change it. These days I often don't even bother with a YABU/YANBU in a reply. I actually prefer chat, I think it's gentler and funnier but unfortunately the trending threads tend to be AIBU so stupidly I get drawn in.....

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