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Is it time to ban placemarking?

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MinesAPintOfTea Tue 21-Jan-14 12:52:39

Any vaguely interesting thread fills up with rubberneckers who aren't contributing anything. Would it be a good idea to add "no placemarking" to the site rules?

If you keep track of such things for a first/second offence you can highlight watch this thread/bookmark/using browser bookmarks in the hope it will encourage more passive watching without supporting or engaging instead of the current way that emphasises how many people are watching someone else's life.

MissMilbanke Tue 21-Jan-14 12:53:49

<just watching>


JenBehavingBadly Tue 21-Jan-14 12:54:19


Bowlersarm Tue 21-Jan-14 12:54:25


GobbySadcase Tue 21-Jan-14 12:55:07


moppymarker Tue 21-Jan-14 12:55:08

yes i hate the just placemarking and the very very annoying i have nothing to contribute just placemarking comments, because these have to be read to be disregarded. it does indeed ruin the flow of the thread.

However i dont mind the blanks or the . posts, becuase these can be skimmed and dont interfere with the main flow of the post.

i dont understand why blank posts are so frowned upon.

BitOutOfPractice Tue 21-Jan-14 12:55:12


Wonder how you might enforce this rule OP?

Morgause Tue 21-Jan-14 12:56:39

Seems a bit bossy.

ChippingInWadesIn Tue 21-Jan-14 12:57:03

It is true what they say - this place is being invaded but absolute bellends.

BeverlyMoss Tue 21-Jan-14 12:57:03

I must admit I hate to see it on certain threads, so rude.

Use the 'watch this thread' if you really must rubberneck.

JenBehavingBadly Tue 21-Jan-14 12:57:46

Sorry, but you're being ridiculous.
a) if you post on a open public forum, the. Anyone can read your posts.
b) there's the watch function anyway.
c) if you're interested in the subject but don't know what to post, why not place mark.
d) people often place mark so they can go back to the thread when they have more time to post something good.
e) HQ have enough in their hands with us lot and trolls to ban folk who watch threads.

FantasticFabby Tue 21-Jan-14 12:57:55

There are certain members of the Christmas bargain thread who would combust if they couldn't post

Thanks OP
Marking place

No matter how many times 'watch this thread' was explained to them, they couldnt get to grips with it.

YANBU but some people just refuse to understand why its a PITA.

morethanpotatoprints Tue 21-Jan-14 12:59:18

can't answer be back later

moppymarker Tue 21-Jan-14 12:59:26

you can also use the bookmark function to find your place on a rather long thread

K8Middleton Tue 21-Jan-14 12:59:57


IAmNotAPrincessIAmAKaleesi Tue 21-Jan-14 13:01:39

I agree that it's rude and can be really insensitive on some threads

But I'm not sure how you could enforce it, if it was banned then people would just post an inane comment which would have the same effect and there wouldn't be anyway of stopping that

FantasticFabby Tue 21-Jan-14 13:02:04

The first 100 posts of the Christmas bargain threads were taken up with 'Thanks OP' as people place marked.

Then at least another 200 posts throughout the thread would be wasted as people used . Or 'marking place'.

Then the last 100 would be spent waiting for x to turn up and finish the thread.

Then they would congratulate themselves on filling up another whole thread of baragins.

Not quite ladies grin

BigArea Tue 21-Jan-14 13:02:18

It would be v v v handy if tech could add a bookmark function so you could plag where you'd got up to in a thread though. I always try to RTFT before posting but they can be quite epic and it's hard to find where you were up to.

I think some threads are definitely posted for entertainment (eg sporn threads but not all as gross as that!) so place marking can be understandable and not inappropriate. Or occasionally I have posted support near the beginning of a thread, not had anything useful to add but really wanted to know how the OP got on. Wouldn't mark my place in that situation but a bookmarking function that only you could see would be very handy.

BigArea Tue 21-Jan-14 13:02:40

Plag??? Flag, of course

MirandaWest Tue 21-Jan-14 13:04:17

There is a bookmark function but you need to use Mumsnet New I think (am a Classic user grin)

Terrortree Tue 21-Jan-14 13:05:30

Big Area, if you hover your mouse over a post, in the bottom right hand corner it comes up 'bookmark'. Click on that and you will be taken back to that spot the next time you select that thread.

CatAmongThePigeons Tue 21-Jan-14 13:06:25


<place marking> as bookmark function isn't what it should be.

BigArea Tue 21-Jan-14 13:07:50

Really???!!!!!! Wow I never knew that grin bet it doesn't work on mobile site though?

BeverlyMoss Tue 21-Jan-14 13:08:00

FantasticFabby I think it's a bit off to be talking about easily identifiable posters like that.

FantasticFabby Tue 21-Jan-14 13:10:05

'Easily identifiable posters' - you do realise this is the world wide web right? Not some secret forum?

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