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to feel it is time to let the election threads die off

(35 Posts)
mollie65 Sat 16-May-15 07:42:13

was hopeful when I saw they had disappeared off active during the spamming
only for them to reappear this morning shock
enough and more than enough
it is time to give the constant posting on the same subject by some members a rest - the threads are getting personal and in my case I was quite offended by a sarcastic remark that was completely uncalled for.
I enjoy debate and different opinions but these threads have gone on far too long - even mumsnet AIBU have moved on to other topics. grin

AshTree Sat 16-May-15 07:54:23

Just don't bother posting on them, don't bother reading them. It's easy enough to identify them, so ignore them and let all the usual suspects just witter away to themselves.

AshTree Sat 16-May-15 07:55:55

And if the sarcastic comment you're referring to is the one I read, the poster did apologise profusely later in the thread, saying it wasn't intended as sarcasm, but humour.

Maggiemaybe Sat 16-May-15 07:57:27

You are being unreasonable. Firstly, because it's really not your call to tell others what to discuss. Secondly, because starting up a new thread moaning about election threads is hardly the way to put an end to them.

Iam64 Sat 16-May-15 08:14:25

UABVU - as posters say in the other place (never thought I'd have the opportunity or desire to use those capitals though.

What do you hope to gain from starting a thread like this grin

vampirequeen Sat 16-May-15 08:21:22

It's natural for some people to still be discussing something that will have a major affect on all our lives and for others to be bored of it. As AshTree said just don't read the threads that don't interest you.

thatbags Sat 16-May-15 08:24:21

Even the most contentious threads die eventually, mollie. Just sit it out.

Gracesgran Sat 16-May-15 08:33:41

I certainly feel you are banging your head against the proverbial brick wall. With the ebb and flow of members forums tend to major on different areas at different times. It is obvious that there are quite a number on Gransnet, who are happy to post, who are interested in politics.

The election was interesting but we have actually moved into a much more interesting time politically. We have the first majority Conservative government in nearly 20 years - how are they going to use this majority? Labour have their leadership election but they also have profound questions to answer about who they are and who they represent. The Liberals are also asking questions about the liberal voice in this country and also have a leadership election ... a then there is UKIP which appears to have vast internal issues and a man who is first out and then in and then refusing to think that anyone else can lead the party.

It is all very interesting.

The only way to change the balance on any forum is to post more about other things and hope you catch a new mood; certainly no one can tell the rest of the members what should interest them.

As for in my case I was quite offended by a sarcastic remark that was completely uncalled for., I have noticed that people tend to reap what they sow. If you put your opinions and the facts in a conversational way it is usually the case that others will reply in a similar way. If a poster is bombastic or sarcastic then perhaps that is what causes acerbic replies. Whatever the reason, I agree that personal comment don't enhance any argument.

AshTree Sat 16-May-15 08:35:15

And actually, this thread is an open invitation to the election thread posters to come on here and defend their position. So what are you going to achieve by starting this? Far from putting an end to the election threads, you may well have just started another one!

absent Sat 16-May-15 08:40:02

I have read the various election threads but not posted because I don't have a vote in the UK. However, quite a lot of my family lives in the UK and I still pay taxes there (go figure why I don't have a vote). Some comments are trite, some are profoundly interesting, some are predictable, some are off the wall. I am happy to see people taking political issues seriously and expressing their concern, worry, approval, excitement – whatever. While people still feel these ways – and others – the threads will continue. Those who are bored by them can just ignore them.

Mishap Sat 16-May-15 08:57:40

I guess those who are interested in politics will join those threads, and those who aren't, or are fed up with them, can leave them alone.

There are lots of political changes and decisions in the news, so people are bound to want to discuss these.

Threads die off when people cease to be interested in them; and that is an individual choice.

Tegan Sat 16-May-15 09:37:08

Perhaps, mollie you should directly ask HQ to remove the Politics section from the forum thereby making it a much more interesting place to be. Out of interest, can you tell me what subjects you DO want to discuss on here?

whitewave Sat 16-May-15 09:41:48

mollie you do sound very cross - are you about life in general or is it just on this forum?

Mumsnet do not have so much staying power as us older typesgrin

Elegran Sat 16-May-15 10:27:20

If I could do an "anti-bump" post that hid away a thread, I would put it on this one, not the election ones. I would rather they stayed under the political banner but you can't gag people. I have a feeling they will run together into fewer threads in a while anyway.

You complain about the many election threads while adding yet another! Not logical.

rosequartz Sat 16-May-15 10:34:53

I suppose they will die off naturally when people get fed up with them and will change to threads about what is politically newsworthy at the time.

Any remarks which are against the guidelines are usually dealt with by GN; anything else would be censorship.

rosesarered Sat 16-May-15 10:40:54

Mollie, do what I do and vote with your feet, don't even bother with those threads. only the diehard few will go on with them.

ninathenana Sat 16-May-15 10:51:05

They do seem to have finally died a natural death. Of course we should have a politics forum for those that wish to discuss the subject. I'm pretty sure I've never posted on that forum but I would defend to the hilt the rights of those that wish too.
However, I'm grateful that when I look at the active page it is no longer full of political based threads and that I can find a thread that I want to add too.

This being the exception to prove the rule grin

soontobe Sat 16-May-15 11:35:15

I have been wondering why politics is still so interesting lately.
And have concluded it is because MPs are finally saying what they really think!!!

I used to switch off the tv amd switch off mentally when politics has been talked about in the last about 3 years, right up to about 2 months ago. Because politicians only said whatever they were trained to say.

But now they are not constrained[except possibly the conservatives], and are saying what they really think! And it is brilliant. Well to me anyway.

I do think that further down the line, some of what they are saying now will come back to haunt them. Particularly in Labour. And particularly what they are saying about the economy and Labour spending etc. But for now, I am watching more politics, than I have probably watched in a full year.

soontobe Sat 16-May-15 11:36:53

The personal bits that may have been said to you - I havent been around much for the last day and a half.
Have you spoken to gransnet HQ?

FarNorth Sat 16-May-15 11:39:06

If a post or thread goes against GN guidelines then report it, mollie65. If you find something boring then ignore it. How hard is that?

The election has put in place politicians who are going to affect our lives in the coming years. Why would you complain about people being interested?

petra Sat 16-May-15 15:55:49

Soontobe. Can I come and live in your bubble? And not in the one that this (me) old cynic lives. I've taken an interest in politics all my adult life and the older I get the more I've come to the realisation that their all in it for their own benefit. Keep your eye on where Ed Milliband, Ed Balls and Nick Clegg go when the dust settles. My bet is at least one of them will go into part of the financial sector.

durhamjen Sat 16-May-15 17:01:09

Wasn't Clegg an MEP before he became an MP?

If the politics threads left Gransnet, so would I, as that's what I am interested in.
I know which people would say good to that.

MargaretX Sat 16-May-15 17:11:33

Its not even 2 weeks since the election. A lot of thinking people find politics interesting. A lot more interesting than most of GN.

whitewave Sat 16-May-15 17:14:46

Anyway what happened to freedom of speech?

petra Sat 16-May-15 17:15:11

I second that Margaret.