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"We'll be deleting this thread shortly"

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SqueezyCheeseWeasel Thu 04-Dec-14 20:50:53

When MNHQ a come on a contentious, reported thread and post an "fri, we'll be deleting this shortly" type phrase

1) why post? Why not just delete it and put your comment in the deletion msg

2) why does it take ages for the thread to actually be deleted? Is there some sort of arduous, techy process that I'm missing?

Surely posting that you'll be deleting and then stringing out the actual deletion just fuels the fire because everyone then wants to get their two penneth in before the shut down?

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Thu 04-Dec-14 20:51:54

Stupid addition of "fri" there, totally making me look like a twat. Thank you again ipad.

Blu Thu 04-Dec-14 20:54:33

I suppose it stops them being inundated with messages screaming 'ditch the thread' which take up bandwidth or whatever currency is used at MNHQ, and which they then have to reply to.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Thu 04-Dec-14 20:54:36

E.g, MNHQ posted a "soon to be deleted" message on the Charlotte bevan half an hour ago. Thread is still there.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Thu 04-Dec-14 20:55:49

But why not just delete the thread rather than posting that they intend to delete it and then leaving it?does it all sit on tech's desk until s/he gets in at 9am? grin

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Thu 04-Dec-14 20:56:40

Sorry, my posts are all over the place. iPads and bath steam do not mix hmm

Blu Thu 04-Dec-14 20:57:03

Perhaps Tech has nipped down to the vending machine.

:runs for safety:

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Thu 04-Dec-14 20:58:07


TheOnlyOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Dec-14 22:29:36


Perhaps Tech has nipped down to the vending machine.

:runs for safety:

Or was eating chicken stir fry.
<<whistles innocently>>

Hassled Thu 04-Dec-14 22:34:26

This has baffled me too. Either push the Big Red Button or don't, but don't faff about telling us you're going to do it soon. What's the rationale?

BotoxBitch Thu 04-Dec-14 22:37:04

Why aren't we allowed to discuss Charlotte bevan?

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 05-Dec-14 10:05:27


We like to give a warning because we think it makes things a bit less jackboot-ish, and gives posters a chance to let us know if they think we've made the wrong decision. We don't always do it though; if a thread is incredibly beyond the pale we'll usually just zap it. It's a bit suck-it-and-see.

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 05-Dec-14 10:07:19

Oh and general discussion about issues raised by the case of Charlotte Bevan and her baby is OK, but we will delete things that seem to stray too far into speculation. Tis a site for parents after all and we're mindful (and sure most posters are too) that there is a grieving family coping with this awful situation.

WannaBe Fri 05-Dec-14 10:15:45

tbh I think that announcing a thread will be deleted and giving a period of time allows people to talk about it and the reasons why etc before it goes, and maybe it's my imagination but it does seem that since mn hq have started doing this there seem to be less spin off threads talking about the thread/why it was deleted etc....

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