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What is with all these word game threads ?

(48 Posts)
Divawithattitude Tue 03-Apr-18 23:22:58

They are clogging up the conversation yet seem so popular with people..................................

Grammaretto Thu 05-Apr-18 08:24:12

Thanks for bringing this up. It is reassuring to know I'm not the only one who feels like this. I like doing crosswords in real life and I play scrabble online but I have never opened a game thread. I have never played Bingo either. Do people still do that?

I am new to gransnet but I'm already beginning to think it isn't for me.
There are some fascinating and absorbing threads but it takes hours to read through as there are hundreds of replies. I have sure learned things though but don't feel I have interacted yet. It's a bit like walking into a very crowded room.

Glad to hear bikergran, that it was a support for you.

Are the local threads private? Do you have to join? I glanced at my local thread hoping it might be smaller but it looks too scanty with, in the past month, one deleted advertisement and a question on local information which I would think very easy to google or visit the library but maybe it was someone reaching out!

mcem Thu 05-Apr-18 08:44:47

I took farnorth 's advice and it works beautifully. As each new game appears I hide it.
Game-free zone!

yggdrasil Thu 05-Apr-18 08:46:51

All the games threads I have seen seem to assume you know how they are played. They might be fun, but who can tell without instructions :-)

FarNorth Thu 05-Apr-18 08:59:34

A lot of them just want posts in alphabetical order, on a title that's in the topic. But when people get the order wrong, or posts cross, it looks confusing.
Most that I've seen do say in the first post what's going on.

Mapleleaf Thu 05-Apr-18 09:58:17

Don’t go to the games threads if you don’t want to be part of them! ?
I pop in now and again and find them quite enjoyable. Threads I don’t like, I don’t go to. Simples!

callgirl1 Thu 05-Apr-18 20:40:38

Shows how thick I am, I never even noticed there was a dedicated Games section, lol! And I`ve never clicked on Active either, I just go to the things that might interest me.

joannapiano Thu 05-Apr-18 22:12:06

I don't participate in the Games threads, and I know some people really enjoy them, but there are just so many, now, and seem to be increasing daily.(I always start by clicking on Active).I can't remember there being any Games when GN first started.

Divawithattitude Sun 08-Apr-18 10:39:44

That is what I meant, they are a relatively new development on Gransnet. I was interested to know how others feel about them, they obviously have a following as they are so popular and go on forever!

NanaandGrampy Sun 08-Apr-18 12:45:43

The local sites were stopped recently Grammaretto so there's not much on there. They decided to just incorporate everything here .

Floradora9 Mon 09-Apr-18 19:06:29

I find them just a nuisance could they not be on a different thread ? I never look at them and they take up so much space.

mcem Mon 09-Apr-18 19:14:28

Flora please scroll back to Farnorth's advice. I did. It really does work.

lemongrove Mon 09-Apr-18 21:53:19

Shouldn't all your comments be in alphabetical order???

Charleygirl Mon 09-Apr-18 22:04:43

I also do not like them so I also do not open them. My personal feeling is that 2-3 maybe okay but they appear to have taken over now.

chocolatepudding Tue 10-Apr-18 09:53:15

Thank you FarNorth for your advice. I have removed all the games from my list and active GransNet is much better!

Elegran Tue 10-Apr-18 10:01:52

If you don't want to start at the beginning of a long conversation and work through all the way to the most recent, you can flip or customise the thread to display the last page first, or to show them as you want.

notoveryet Tue 10-Apr-18 10:05:04

As previous posters have said I do think many are now reluctant to post anything that may end up in Facebook and the like. I was caught with this ( my own fault, I should have realised it could happen) Its nice to have Contact with others and in games are that Contact I don't have a problem.

Nelliemoser Tue 10-Apr-18 11:01:02

If you don't like the thread/ game or whatever then don't read it.
It's not clogging up anything.

Marydoll Tue 10-Apr-18 12:02:32

I tried counting how many of us post on the games threads, but lost count at 70, so a fair number who enjoy them.
It's a simple pleasure, which isn't doing anyone harm. They are not nasty or aggressive and a bit of light relief.
I enjoy the friendly banter.

hildajenniJ Tue 10-Apr-18 12:18:29

I like the games threads, they help me unwind in the evenings. I don't get involved in the politics and news threads and find that when I do post anywhere, I'm generally ignored. Nonetheless I continue because I feel quite welcome and at home on Gn.

PamelaJ1 Tue 10-Apr-18 13:48:55

I’m on an iPad and I can’t see an inverted v anywhere.

FarNorth Thu 19-Apr-18 17:16:20

Go down to the very bottom of a GN page and you should see either 'desktop site' or 'mobile site', which means you can change to that version.
If you click on 'mobile site', or are on it already, you should see the 'v' at the top right of the thread.
This works for me on my hudl and laptop anyway, but don't know about iPad.

I just noticed that Mumsnet has an option on each thread to 'hide this thread' - another useful feature that MN gets but GN can manage without, apparently.

SueDonim Thu 19-Apr-18 21:40:33

Farnorth, thank you for that mobile site tip! I'd failed to find the arrow, too.