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Escapepeas Sun 03-Dec-17 20:38:45

A lot of posters just add a . so they can placemark a thread. Nothing else, just a .

There is already bookmarking and watching functionality so these posts are pointless and add nothing to the discussion. Is there a way to just auto-delete any post which only has a . in it?

NewLove Sun 03-Dec-17 20:39:49

Many sites set a minimum character limit - Mn is very behind the times though...

Aridane Sun 03-Dec-17 20:40:41

But then posters would just post some other crap, surely?

MongerTruffle Sun 03-Dec-17 20:41:26

I sometimes just post a . so I can attach a picture.

AfunaMbatata Sun 03-Dec-17 20:42:44

My watching and bookmarked threads function hasn’t worked for a good year angry

paxillin Mon 04-Dec-17 08:08:17

You don't get deletion messages if watching I think. If you'd ban the dot, people would "placemark" or "park a chair" or "don't mind me".

DonkeyOaty Mon 04-Dec-17 08:29:26


paxillin Mon 04-Dec-17 08:47:10

I did expect this thread to be filled with ".".

DonkeyOaty Mon 04-Dec-17 08:50:57

grin Pax. Happy to oblige.

MsHomeSlice Mon 04-Dec-17 08:51:01

I just use it as a guide to the type of person the "dot leaver" really is.

....especially on a more sensitive thread when often they are called on it and come back with a flimflam excuse

How hard is it to make some sort of relevant comment if you really want to place mark?

paxillin Mon 04-Dec-17 08:54:01

I knew you wouldn't disappoint.

DonkeyOaty Mon 04-Dec-17 08:54:38


LesDennishair Mon 04-Dec-17 09:30:01

I think 'F' is worse. Can we have that deleted too? grin

LornaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 04-Dec-17 11:45:25


Thanks for raising this, interesting to get your thoughts on this and we will certainly take these into consideration at HQ.

For those of you who have said that your bookmarking function isn't working, would you mind posting more info here about your browser/device (or mailing into CU) so that we can try and get this sorted for you?


Bubblebubblepop Mon 04-Dec-17 11:46:14

Why would you care about this OP?

paxillin Mon 04-Dec-17 11:50:31

Your are saying "those of you who have said that your bookmarking function...". Does that mean "Watch this thread" now gets a deletion message, @LornaMumsnet? I thought you don't, which is why people placemark.

00100001 Mon 04-Dec-17 11:56:47

paxillin Mon 04-Dec-17 12:00:20

Oh dear grin, that's your chance at mnetter of the week gone.

blue2014 Mon 04-Dec-17 12:45:49

I genuinely don't understand why this is a problem, I don't do it but why do you care (not being goody, genuinely don't get it)

Please don't do minimum characters - I hate websites that do that

paxillin Mon 04-Dec-17 12:55:24

Minimum characters would mean I'd say what I wanted to.

And then fill it with bladeeblaa or doodeedoo or aaaaaaaaa
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WaitrosePigeon Mon 04-Dec-17 14:44:55

Most people do know about the bookmark thing. They do it because the want to see the deletion message if the thread goes tits up.

Escapepeas Mon 04-Dec-17 19:32:12

<shrug> It was just something I was pondering after seeing fast-moving threads get filled up with people using a full stop to place mark. I did half expect to come back and see this thread full of . too though! grin

Aridane Mon 04-Dec-17 23:18:04

AnyFucker Mon 04-Dec-17 23:23:25

More thread policing hmm.Why do you care ?

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