There is a logic to renaming AIBU.

(53 Posts)

It's easier to get an effective response to something that's asked in a positive fashion.

Take behaviour management. You're more likely to get an effective outcome from "please be quiey" than from "stop shouting" or do say the books.

So let's remame it AIBR?

And everyone will be positive and nice.


Here endeth the wisdom of ChasTheDiplomat.

Oh, yeah, I know it doesn't toll off the tongue quite so pleasantly, but them's the breaks for a harmonious MN. Ok?


Maryz Tue 26-Feb-13 10:28:42

Good idea.

Also, "no" is quicker to type than "yes" so it will reduce by a third the length of replies (since they are all clearly NOT reasonable grin).

FloatyBeatie Tue 26-Feb-13 10:33:19

How about calling it "Could you constructively assess my stance on this issue with charity, compassion, humanity, and an awareness of your own shortcomings as well as mine" (CYCAMYOTIWCCHAAAOYOSAWAM)?

Beehatch Tue 26-Feb-13 10:40:44

Like Floaty's idea. MN might well implode with the enforced stricture of compassion though!

Portofino Tue 26-Feb-13 10:41:54

How about "Please agree that I am right or fuck off, because I am" PATIAROFOBIA

FloatyBeatie Tue 26-Feb-13 10:46:28

Very snappy acronym, that one, Porto. The "phobia"-like final syllables make it sound like a word meaning "Fear of people who say what they think of you when you ask them to say what they think of you" -- which is a condition that lots of AIBU OPs suffer from.

Tee2072 Tue 26-Feb-13 10:50:23


Please Agree With Me As I Am Always Right

That's more how the threads usually go.

This is just a place where I can argue I am right


FanjoForTheMammaries Tue 26-Feb-13 10:56:49

I think it should be called


(Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here)

Maryz Tue 26-Feb-13 10:57:36

I still think it should be IWAR (I want a rant)

Or possibly I Am Mad And Calling Up Narky Twats

FanjoForTheMammaries Tue 26-Feb-13 10:57:57

As for what poster should say..they might as well say


Please Leap On Me and Give Me A Good Pasting

FanjoForTheMammaries Tue 26-Feb-13 10:58:19

IWAR is fab

FanjoForTheMammaries Tue 26-Feb-13 10:59:02



(Come On Over Here If You Think You're Hard Enough)

Maryz Tue 26-Feb-13 11:00:49

We are back to the sorting out of the topics aren't we.

We could get rid of most of them and have:

"Advice wanted"

"Support wanted"

"A row wanted"

"I want to goad"

"Can we have a friendly chat (regulars and naice newbies only)"


"Sort it out please hq"

And get rid of all the topics altogether.

Tee2072 Tue 26-Feb-13 11:02:27

I took a look at Gransnet the other day. They are very scary, but more importantly, they only have like 20 topics!

So much neater over there.

Even if they are scary.

OnlyWantsOne Tue 26-Feb-13 11:03:23

Hahaha Marz. It would be must easier to navigate.

Could we have a seperate LTB section too?

Maryz Tue 26-Feb-13 11:04:24

Do I have to wait for a grandchild for Gransnet?

Or do I just have to be old?

Only, LTB would come under "advice wanted" grin

Im right. Your wrong. IRYR

I guess the problem with that is that it doesn't invite discussion...which on the face of it sounds very appealing....but do we really want a board of unanswered threads...

Tee2072 Tue 26-Feb-13 11:14:48

You have to be old and cranky, Maryz.

They really did scare me...

I have often wondered about the genesis of AIBU. Im my kindly imagination, a person feeling over-adrenalised and a bt fraught comes on to ask AIBU? It turns out SIBU. And that's a good thing because it shows her that the world isn't out to get her, she just over-reacted.

So for nice threads only, topic ought to be as "Have I Become Over-Excited?" HIBOE. Of course if answer is No, YHNBOE then assertiveness tips can be offered to help OP calm down and see justice done.

Maryz Tue 26-Feb-13 11:25:33

Oh, I'm old and cranky Tee. And opinionated.

I would fit in very well.

Edwinia, we have boards and boards of unanswered threads - threads which are in the correct topics [mutter]. And aibu is full of "aibu to ask you what I should feed my baby" and "aibu to ask what I should wear?" and "aibu to wonder about this news story?".

Yes, yes you are being fucking unreasonable. Put your thread in the right topic you fuckwit hmm

<wanders off, ranting>

FellatioNels0n Tue 26-Feb-13 11:27:20

I don't mind what we call it so long as we can still argue with people and call an arse an arse.

In that case how about

I want a bunfight


Maryz Tue 26-Feb-13 11:34:30

Fell, that could come under my "A row wanted" topic in which the rules would be that there are no rules, and anyone can tell anyone anything smile.

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 26-Feb-13 11:46:26

<is quiey>

FellatioNels0n Tue 26-Feb-13 11:48:48

I didn't see that Maryz. you don't expect me to actually read threads properly do you? I spend long enough on here as it is.

But yes, I like the sound of IWAB. Especially this week. I am in the mood to rip heads off.

Maryz Tue 26-Feb-13 11:50:22

Quiey Rowan?

Are you ignoring us and hoping we will go away?

Rowwwwwwan [whiney], they've ruined it! Tell them orf. My idea was simple and sensibke and they have spoiled it with all them letters.

The buhgers.


FellatioNels0n Tue 26-Feb-13 11:53:29

I like that new topic list Maryz. It makes sense to me. And in Support Needed it must be illegal to say 'come and hold my hand please' in the thread title.

I am going to shout at the next person shout at the next person who says that, regardless of the severity of their problem.

Tee2072 Tue 26-Feb-13 11:55:26

How Rowan hit the gin today already? Isn't it a bit early?

I like all of your topics EmZed.

Buy purlwase may we have a CompletelyPrematurePOAS topic?

"I had sex 5 secs ago, should I poas?" they clitter up Chat to such an extent. Sigh. It's

Hullygully Tue 26-Feb-13 11:57:02

What about

I have no interest in opinions because I am right and you are all cunts?


Has anyone else got an odd line down their screen?

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 26-Feb-13 12:02:42


How Rowan hit the gin today already? Isn't it a bit early?

Oi! I am amusingly referencing Chaos's typo in the OP

And also ignoring you. A little bit.

FellatioNels0n Tue 26-Feb-13 12:03:43

I hate those Chaos. and I hate the ones that go 'my period is ten weeks late and my boobs are sore and I have a funny taste in my mouth and my stomach's gone all big. But I couldn't possibly be PG, could I? I only had sex unprotected once or twice in the last few months. What? You think I should all POAS? Really? <weedle weedle attention seeky crap> oh ok, if you insist!

OMG I am PG !!! What an amazing surprise!


ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 26-Feb-13 12:04:14

Why Is Everyone A Twat But Me?


That would be more realistic - or what about:

Are Readers Suddenly Experts [on] Whiny Offspring / Real Life Disputes ?(ARSEWORLD)

DameFanny Tue 26-Feb-13 12:07:31

Isn't that Chas's typo? wink

I was pondering on a potential new topic the other day - 'can any mother help me' - I was thinking for the younguns treating this place like an agony aunt. All very well and good if you're in the mood, but I don't always want to remember to be wise and mature...

Tee2072 Tue 26-Feb-13 12:09:12

Oh I get it now, Rowan.

In my defence, A Small Boy™ is just recovering from a 104 F fever and I've had very little sleep.

::bats eyes::

Forgive me?

FellatioNels0n Tue 26-Feb-13 12:11:32


now that, that is what I call genius.

It serves as a topic, a thread title and a complete, self-contained answer suitable for almost every occasion.

Let's have it.

FloatyBeatie Tue 26-Feb-13 12:42:58

We could just write WIEATBM on a post-it note and stick it on our screen and look at it instead of the internet.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 26-Feb-13 17:26:12

Very pro that idea Floaty.

(Thanks FN smile)

HecateWhoopass Tue 26-Feb-13 17:30:30

I think we should get rid of AIBU altogether.

People abuse and misuse it grin trying to turn everything into an AIBU question when actually, they just want to chat.

We should go back to chatting in chat. Reclaim the topics that are all tumbleweedy as people ask AIBU to not let my child watch tv (parenting) AIBU to have kippers for tea (food) AIBU to use my child's toy lightsaber to scratch my itchy piles (general health)

MNHQ can give us a new topic. Fight Club. In that section, no deletions. No restrictions. We can lob all the arseholes in there and let them beat each other to death. grin

Hectate, have you been invaded by Trills?


Maryz Tue 26-Feb-13 22:58:44

We all agree with Trills.

It's just some of us are too wimpy afraid to do it on thread grin

FlouncingMintyy Tue 26-Feb-13 23:00:11

No, it is to be renamed Petty Gripes, remember?

StarsAboveYou Tue 26-Feb-13 23:02:51

I love the idea of Fight Club Hec

LineRunner Tue 26-Feb-13 23:03:39

portofino If you just did that a little more Yoda, you would get "Please agree that right I am, fuck off, because I am" PATRIAFOBIA

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 26-Feb-13 23:20:20

These have made me all snort quietly to myself (which is a more heartfelt version of lolling)

Portofino Tue 26-Feb-13 23:24:03

I like that LineRunner. PATRIAFOBIA - the fear of being sure you are right but knowing someone will call you a c**t anyway.

Maryz Tue 26-Feb-13 23:39:59

But you are going to go with my topic suggestions, aren't you Kate?

<puppy dog eyes>

Though I will allow Mintyy's Petty Gripes as an added topic [generous]

LineRunner Tue 26-Feb-13 23:44:58

portfofino Or, a badly spelled fear of one's native land.

Could we add a 'Welcome' topic called Hotel California? I think it's time MNHQ let people know what they are getting themselves into. grin

P.S. - Any chance of lobbing the Gransnet [cake] emoticon over our way too?

ripsishere Fri 01-Mar-13 02:19:55

Does Gransnet have better cake? off to look.

Monty27 Fri 01-Mar-13 03:46:43


I think it's a reasonable and very positive request smile

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