But then wouldn't people just read the origianl message and reply to that without reading the rest of the thread. So it wouldn't be really a "thread", just separate replies to the one message? (or have I got that totally wrong? )
No I mean like the member profile ones - if its a long thread you can see straight away the original post then if you're interested you can read all the other posts before you put your own 5 pennyworths in!
But often the thread has evolved completely, and the original question is no longer relevant. Even with the current layout sometimes people come in and answer the original question directly, and it's rather confusing because everyone else is talking about something completely different by then ...
Thanks for the suggestion JoolsToo. Not sure there's a consensus on this one, but will add it to our list of topics for the next mumsnet meeting (mid April) so if anyone has strong thoughts please post them here!