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What has happened to the good old days of MSE?

bobwilson Forumite Posts: 595 Forumite
What happened to the good old days of MSE forum? It used to be such a nice place with great advice, open minded & supportive people and replies, but now many of the nice posters have disappeared & certain parts of the forum are full posters who are so angry that no one can say anything without being called names or insults. Many people here seem incapable of offering their opinion without making presumptions or adding an unnecessary insult to anyone who disagrees with them.

As the internet gets older online forums tend toward having specific cliques of members but unless we're trying to scare away new members, isn't it a good idea to be a little bit diplomatic or open minded like in the old days of the forum?

Latest example:

Although I'm not holding my breath, it would be so great to get back to the old supportive style the forum had back in the day. I've seen people simply posting about a bad / funny day they had, and then the same members keep coming back to make fun of them & use it as an opportunity to pick apart their story instead of offering anything constructive. Even a sympathetic joke can be constructive. I see it too often on MSE, I don't come on here that often anymore for this reason, I know a number of people who avoid the forum and I'm sure many others feel the same way.

There are times when someone needs to be told their thinking is incorrect, but it just seems so many members are doing it & in such a personal way, for the sake of it. It isn't conducive to a positive or inclusive forum environment.


  • 203846930
    203846930 Forumite Posts: 4,708
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    The 'good old days' will never return as long as the members from that time stay away.
  • Sea_Shell
    Sea_Shell Forumite Posts: 8,872
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    edited 17 November 2019 at 8:43AM
    Many new posters appear to be "scared away" because they ask a question, which usually begins with "Can I?", with sometimes lots of pertinent information missing, they don't like the true and real answers they get (usually, NO you can't), they then get stroppy with the respondents and the OP flounces off.

    From what I've seen most posters DO give new OP's the benefit of the doubt, but it soon becomes apparent that the OP isn't listening, or isn't engaging, and so "diplomacy" soon goes out the window. They then get told a spade's a spade....flounce soon ensues!

    It's a two way street, and not always the current members fault. (although there are a few that "take no prisoners" from the very first post)

    As with all things in life, you have to have a pretty thick skin, and not be easily offended. Forums are not a "safe space" and neither should they be, as sometimes people do need to be told the hard truths, even if they don't like them. Nothing to be gained by blowing sunshine up their ****'s !!!

    ** Edit - I hadn't read the linked thread before I typed the above, I now have. You wonder why you got so many "negative" answers when you're discussing the "legalities" of £1 !! Posters are mostly winding you up, it looks to me....and it appears to have worked!!! ***
    How's it going, AKA, Nutwatch? - 12 month spends to date = 3.34% of current retirement "pot" (as at end August 2023)
  • Half of the problem is that on some of the forums new members come along ask for help and never return, but IMHO MSE hasn't been the same since it was sold to money super marrrrrket, there was a time when MSE had a real community feeling to it but once gone they will never return, its not the case on other forums some are still as good and friendly as ever.
    I did make a suggestion as to how mse could be improved but I can't even repeat it as I got a yellow card within hours for doing so.
    Sadly with the spread of social(?) media the internet is not the force for good it once was.
  • ThemeOne
    ThemeOne Forumite Posts: 1,471
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    Having used MSE Forums on and off for many years, I'd say there has always been a significant minority of unhelpful, aggressive people on here, who are not interested in helping others. Sadly they have lowered the tone and standing of the whole forum.

    The only way this particular swamp can be drained is to discontinue the forums, and restart them with much more proactive moderation, and stricter criteria for becoming a forum member. At the moment, anyone can sign up with multiple identities and use these forums as their personal playground pretty much unhindered, venting their spleen on anyone who doesn't see life through the same twisted lens as they do.

    Given the forums will probably not be closed down, all you can do is report people every time you see a post which breaks one of the rules.

    If people respond in an aggressive way to anything you post ignore them. These unhappy people thrive on the attention and love to play wind-up games, so don't give them the satisfaction.
  • Jenna_Appleseed
    Jenna_Appleseed Forumite Posts: 4,216
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    Since when was eight years ago the good old days of this forum?
    "And suddenly I find myself listening to a man I've never known before,
    Telling me about the sea..."
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