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Colour code zombie threads?

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quoteunquote Mon 29-Apr-13 19:10:00

I unwittingly contributed to a thread that had for some reason (best known to the person that did it),been resuscitated,

Could you add, a colour bar where the title is, or on the side, that indicates how old a thread is, blue for current, green a week old, yellow a month, orange six, and red year and beyond,

Then people would be instantly aware when joining in with a thread as to when it was started, as clearly a lot of us don't spot the year when on these threads, and some times people carefully choose threads that the day and month match to resuscitate.

Anyway it would be a simple way of stopping the annoying problem, and for people like the person who started the thread in the above link, they wouldn't have to have something they probably rather forget jump out at them, I hope the OP of that thread is happy now.

quoteunquote Sun 27-Oct-13 19:04:31

Hopefully not the poo trolls.

quoteunquote Sun 22-Sep-13 13:07:28

The zombie should stay a lot longer than two posts, it may be giving a false sense of security.

I didn't bump the thread by writing a zombie warning on it, maybe MNHQ should comment on threads like these, so even if the warning has gone, it will help people to remember to look at the date of the OP.

quoteunquote Wed 18-Sep-13 09:56:20

there are plenty more,

could the Helen on the gin zombie warning stay longer please?

quoteunquote Wed 14-Aug-13 23:17:53

I agree the zombie should stay for entirety, then at least people would be able to make an informed judgment if they wanted to contribute to the thread.

BlehPukeVomit Wed 14-Aug-13 20:59:17

I don't think the zombie warning should disappear at any time even if the thread receives lots of new posts

DoItTooJulia Wed 14-Aug-13 19:29:07

Late to the party, but it worked! I almost posted on a zombie thread....until I saw the zombie! Yay!

quoteunquote Wed 14-Aug-13 14:49:35


quoteunquote Wed 14-Aug-13 14:49:06

that a really good point BeyondTheLimits

Sorry to piss on your chips HQ, (I do love the zombie pic btw!) but could we have a warning at the top of the thread too? Just thinking with all the posts here about someone benefiting from the advice years down the line, that advice changes over time, and could be hugely inaccurate by the time the new person sees it?

Maybe if the warning disappeared at the bottom after two posts, but one remained at the top of the thread? (Also saves me spending hours reading a thread to get to the bottom and find its a dead one!)

BlehPukeVomit Wed 14-Aug-13 00:20:25

I love the new zombie thread alert. It is just perfect. grin

quoteunquote Tue 13-Aug-13 23:14:50

ClayDavis Interesting that happened almost immediately the zombie system started.

I suspect colour coding was too complicated.

TheDoctrineOfJetlag Tue 13-Aug-13 22:25:23

Love the message!

ClayDavis Mon 12-Aug-13 21:36:30

Nothing really wrong with resurrecting this zombie thread. But it does indicate a slight flaw in the system. What happens when at least 2 people don't care that they're resurrecting a zombie thread?

FruOla Mon 12-Aug-13 15:19:05

I refer to a Zombie thread from a while back (this is quite a nice one).

The OP had posted about a buggy. Nobody answered her. Three years later she answered herself - despite the fact she hadn't namechanged in the meantime, but she hadn't noticed that she was answering herself. And her NN was so apt to her talking to herself after that length of time.

But that was harmless, albeit a bit daft.

Some of them, though, make you think 'WTF?'

atrcts Mon 12-Aug-13 15:12:19

Haha - oh yeah, I gotcha. Mind you, if its true that "there is nothing new under the sun", someone else could be in the exact same spot and benefit from the discussion?

Kind of nothing is ever wasted mentality wink

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Aug-13 09:31:10


What's wrong with resurrecting a zombie thread?!!!!


The problem was, some folks weren't realising it was a zombie thread - and were then annoyed at having taken the time to, say, answer someone's questions about potty-training their two-year-old when said two-year-old was now about eight.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 11-Aug-13 22:50:44

People offer billions of advice not noticing that the ops children are probably grown up by now.

atrcts Sun 11-Aug-13 21:34:15

What's wrong with resurrecting a zombie thread?!!!!

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 11-Aug-13 21:27:01


So, if a spammer reanimated a thread and posted twice the Zombie warning disappears?

I think I see a potential flaw in the system...

True. But spammers aren't known for their intimate knowledge of MN Talk features, eh?

(well as long as they're not reading this thread smile)

Onetwothreeoops Sun 11-Aug-13 18:24:00

So, if a spammer reanimated a thread and posted twice the Zombie warning disappears?

I think I see a potential flaw in the system...

secretscwirrels Sun 11-Aug-13 15:30:53

I love it. Thank you tech.

Kidsarekarma Sun 11-Aug-13 15:24:39

Phew Helen, thanks. I can see it would be unhelpful to post on some old threads.

I'm still waiting for a reply to my question on it

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 11-Aug-13 10:46:16


Oh, I've just posted on a zombie thread, sorry.

I thought I'd recycle it as it's in site stuff and I have the same problem as the original OP.

<wallops self with OFRS>

No, that's fine, Kidsarekarma. It's not forbidden to reanimate a dead thread. It's just that some folks were posting on them, unaware that it was long dead...

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 11-Aug-13 10:45:24


Zombie has now seen the Zombie thread alert. She has also checked her emails. MNHQ appear to have forgotten to contact her to negotiate the terms on which they may use her image.


grin grin grin grin grin


teacherwith2kids Sun 11-Aug-13 10:44:44

Oooooh! I like to zombie thread alert A LOT!!

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