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To expect a thread title to give some clue about the contents??

(64 Posts)
janeainsworth Mon 04-Mar-13 22:59:14

Does anyone else get exasperated by title threads such as 'I can see some logic in this' or 'could we have' or 'quite interesting lol' or 'I'm glad about this' or 'doing it alone' - titles which could mean almost anything?
A recurring theme is how much time we addicts waste spend on Gransnet and I get cross when I open a thread with a mysterious title, only to find its something inconsequential that I'm not interested in.
Worst of all is when the mystery title introduces a message which contains only a hyperlink to some article which I then have to click on, and then wait till the link opens before discovering I'm not interested in that either!
Rant over!

j08 Mon 04-Mar-13 23:01:42

And how long exactly does it take you to do this clicking on thread titles? In seconds please.


j08 Mon 04-Mar-13 23:02:53

Btw jessM started a thread along these lines ages ago.


janeainsworth Mon 04-Mar-13 23:11:06

Takes quite a while on a mobile jo8 and uses up the battery too!

merlotgran Mon 04-Mar-13 23:14:55

So maybe we could have some guidelines as to how threads should begin? confused

j08 Mon 04-Mar-13 23:15:11

Oh my gosh!!! You are heavily addicted. flowers

gillybob Mon 04-Mar-13 23:19:30

I really think its part of the fun when an extremely ambiguous title reveals something rather meaty or slightly crazy. It doesn't bother me at all. smile

merlotgran Mon 04-Mar-13 23:22:07

Nor me. I like a bit of mystery.

Anne58 Mon 04-Mar-13 23:22:43

I think I have been guilty of that sin on more then one occasion. blush

Goose Tue 05-Mar-13 00:03:03

Being 'guilty' of starting the thread 'doing it alone'...I really thought it summed up was I was talking about - obviously not, but really not too botheredgrin

annodomini Tue 05-Mar-13 00:17:43

J08, I have't counted, but if we knew who had started the greatest number of threads and who had made the most posts, it would most likely be you under all your many aliases. And you have the nerve to call someone else 'addicted'! grin

kittylester Tue 05-Mar-13 05:23:53

I've probably been guilty of this in the past but, since Jess pleaded for it to stop, I have tried not to do it. What I find difficult, is when something really interesting is happening and I can't remember which cryptic heading it came under. very easily confused

Ceesnan Tue 05-Mar-13 06:57:31

Does it really matter that much?

Ariadne Tue 05-Mar-13 07:00:58

Not to me.

JessM Tue 05-Mar-13 07:14:51

I appreciate that kittylester . grin
I agree it is courteous to other members to think about which category to put the thread in, to have a clue about the subject in the title and yes, if you are posting a link, it would be polite to take the time to write a line or two so that others know what kind of thing you are going to see if they click the link. If someone sent me an email saying something like "check this out" and a link, I would think it was some kind of spam and choose not click.
If you just want to post links without bothering to write anything, join Facebook. There, other people can see a bit about the link without leaving the page.
The search facility on GN is not very good (to say the least), so it is very hard to find threads without clear titles once they have dropped down the list.
Finally - GN is getting really big and really busy at times. If you want people to read your thread you are going to have to 'sell' it, otherwise it will get ignored.

janeainsworth Tue 05-Mar-13 07:25:59

Thanks Jess and kitty grin

vegasmags Tue 05-Mar-13 09:38:15

I agree with those who think a title is a subject heading, which at least should bear some relation to the content. I have noticed that the more 'intriguing' the title, the more boring the thread.

j08 Tue 05-Mar-13 09:50:13

Oh! Thanks for that Missis. hmm

annodomini Tue 05-Mar-13 09:54:54

She called me 'madam' in another thread. Does that give me greater status than 'Missis'? hmm

HildaW Tue 05-Mar-13 10:04:39

Must admit have been secretly miffed about some postings that have very little to do with the subject but as I am trying (not always successfully) to get a bit more tolerant as I get older I have let it ride - especially as I am far from organised and regulated in 'real' life. Witty ramblings are fun and we could all do with a giggle. However, the rather 'look at me look at me' self indulegnt postings that are little more than inward navel gazing and are met with a quick rebuff if you dare to disagree, I am learning to avoid.

FlicketyB Tue 05-Mar-13 10:07:06

I actually enjoy the enigmatic thread titles. Often a factual description of a thread would not contain the essence of what the thread is and the tone of the first posting - and it takes so little time to click in and out of a thread.

Ana Tue 05-Mar-13 10:11:12

I like them as well. I'd still read the first post whatever the thread was entitled, so what's the difference, time-wise? Cryptic titles make GN more fun!

Grannyeggs Tue 05-Mar-13 10:25:51

I don't ,mind them at all, it doesn't take long to scroll down and see what it's all about. I don't think we should have too many rules and regulations, cryptic titles draw me in, and then if it doesn't interest me I move on.

Galen Tue 05-Mar-13 10:28:33

I'm with Anna

nanaej Tue 05-Mar-13 11:12:53

I think it is all part of the 'rich tapestry'!

Not too many 'how to post' rules please!