The Lobby: Off-topic discussion

Hello and welcome to The Lobby! Your place to discuss subjects that just don’t fit in our other conversations. Make yourself at home!

Do you want to discuss an issue but can’t find the right place to post it? Or maybe you’re looking for somewhere to chat with your community pals? Well, you’ve come to the right place…

As with any community or conversation it can – and does – wander off-topic. This is perfectly natural, but it hasn’t always been possible to do so on some of our posts because of the precisely defined nature of each subject.

So, at the behest of some of our community members, we created this off-topic discussion area – The Lobby.

Any ideas spawned here in The Lobby could generate new posts for debate and discussion on Which? Conversation, so you – our community members – are able to help shape the direction of our community.

What happened to the original Lobby?

Why do we have two Lobbies? Well, like all good franchises, we wanted to experiment with a sequel. But seriously, the original Lobby was so popular (with almost 13,000 comments), it was becoming hard to load the page.

So we’re starting fresh with what we’re affectionately calling “The Lobby 2”.

No comments from first Lobby have been deleted, and you can still link to comments, but you won’t be able to add new comments.


To ensure The Lobby remains a healthy and friendly place for you all to share your thoughts, musings all of our Community Guidelines apply, with the exception of one:

You may go off-topic… that is the purpose of The Lobby.  🙂

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So without further ado… welcome! What are you waiting for!?


Just burned 2,000 calories. That’s the last time I leave scones in the oven while I nap.

Apparently, I snore so loudly that it scares everyone in the car I’m driving.

Does anyone know how to turn off Windows 10 updates forever?

I got a pop up message today when I started my computer

Your device will restart to update outside of active hours

Leave it on and plugged in. Open Settings to adjust your active hours and whether you want reminders

I DON’T want any updates for my computer and I DON’T want my computer to restart

How do I stop this update restart forever? I’ve already turned off all update options I can see in Settings, and it still showed this message today

Not allowing a computer to install updates will increase the risk of it being affected by malware.

Hi a,

Turning off updates is not something I would advise for a PC used on the Internet.

However, if you are content to proceed at your own risk you may find the following suggestions useful, see:-

Also, if you aren’t tied to Windows 10 for particular applications, you might also consider moving to a different OS. For example, most versions of Linux give users complete control over updates.

Welcome to World Snake Day, the day in 1970 when the ninth British Commonwealth Games opened in Edinburgh and the day in 1987 when the UK performed a nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

What I want to know is whether snake oil really exists or if it is fake.

Cheaper than tattoos if you want the reticulated effect and presumably not permanent disfiguration.

I hope there are no false claims or fakery in the marketing of snake oil otherwise it will give the trade a bad name and undermine the reputation of its sales executives.

You would need to fry the snake to find out.
Buzzard in back garden, RIP pigeon. Quite a sight and feathers everywhere. It saw me and took off with the carcass, so that’s one less thing to clear up.

Snake oil must be fake because snakes need no additional lubrication.

Please can I borrow the buzzard, Vynor. I have a surfeit of wood pigeons.

At a previous property I used a decoy Falcon to deter the urban pigeons from perching on the gutters, TV aerial and chimney stacks. It was partly successful but it wouldn’t fly for me.

I’m great at multitasking. I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.

I’m sure that this or a similar joke has appeared before, but I did not get round to commenting on it.

R.I.P boiled water. You will be mist.

I bought a vacuum cleaner six months ago and so far all it’s been doing is gathering dust.

Can I borrow it?