Secret Location on Mumsnet

(34 Posts)
GeppaGip Mon 02-Sep-13 12:32:21

Does Mumsnet really have a secret area where only those who have happened to be in the right place at the right time know about? I have just seen a load of allusions to a new thread in a secret place and it is the first I have heard about it!

Tee2072 Mon 02-Sep-13 12:39:41

It's not secret, it's not indexed on Google, but it's actually no more private than the rest of MN.

DameDeepRedBetty Mon 02-Sep-13 12:43:44

Is this an Off The Beaten Track thread?

AnyFucker Mon 02-Sep-13 12:45:13

It isn't a private place. All posts can still be seen and anyone can join in if they are a member of MN, they just don't come up on Google searches.

usualsuspect Mon 02-Sep-13 12:46:53

Do they nean off the beaten track?

If you a member of MN you can read it

usualsuspect Mon 02-Sep-13 12:48:59

Or is there another secret place,no one told me about? [Paranoid]

AnyFucker Mon 02-Sep-13 12:49:37

You don't need to be a member of MN to read posts in OTBT, but you have to be to post (like all the topics)

usualsuspect Mon 02-Sep-13 12:50:09

Which I don't blame you really, my typing is shocking

usualsuspect Mon 02-Sep-13 12:54:19

I thought you had to be a member to read it?

Tee2072 Mon 02-Sep-13 12:56:56

I don't think so Usual. I could be wrong, though!

AnyFucker Mon 02-Sep-13 12:57:47

I thought so too so I just checked. I logged out and could still read it. the checked the bumpf at the top of the OTBT threads. Go have a look.

usualsuspect Mon 02-Sep-13 13:09:04

I've just checked too, I was wrong non members can read it.

AnyFucker Mon 02-Sep-13 13:11:17

Nothing is "private" on MN.

Pancakeflipper Mon 02-Sep-13 13:12:11

So the secret 'site' is OTBT ?

Sorry, confused....

AnyFucker Mon 02-Sep-13 13:16:31

There is a topic called "OTBT" which I think OP is referring to.But it isn't secret, not really. It's listed with all the other topics, and you don't have to be a member of MN to read it.

usualsuspect Mon 02-Sep-13 13:19:24

It doesn't come up in active convos.

But its not very secret really.

Pancakeflipper Mon 02-Sep-13 13:54:03

Oh I heard of it, thats ok, not missing an entire secret place where you have to be asked to join cos that would never happen....

GeppaGip Mon 02-Sep-13 14:16:42

No no secret place. Thank you all, I now 'get it' haha. I had misunderstood the context of another thread!

Glad OTBT exists. I didn't know about it before but it is fab to know there is somewhere you can post freely without Google bringing your personal life to the number one spot.

Tee2072 Mon 02-Sep-13 14:52:06

The only thing different about OTBT is it doesn't get Google indexed.

FruOla Mon 02-Sep-13 15:52:12

"The only thing different about OTBT is it doesn't get Google indexed."

What Tee said - and the threads only last 30 days.

Sparklingbrook Mon 02-Sep-13 15:59:14

I always thought OTBT was a section about about hiking til someone mentioned what it really was. blush

GeppaGip Mon 02-Sep-13 16:02:17

Me too, Sparkling grin

Tee2072 Mon 02-Sep-13 16:58:09

Yes, that also Fru. And, actually, it doesn't show up in Active.

So...the only thing different about OTBT is:

Not on Google.
30 day deletion.
Not in Active.

Other than that, it's not private.

everlong Thu 05-Sep-13 22:02:04

LOL sparkling. Me too.

What is it then?

Sparklingbrook Fri 06-Sep-13 09:04:47

Somewhere that the thread doesn't come up on Google or Active conversations and disappears very quickly everlong I think. But how do you ever get to know about it except for threads like this? confused

I wouldn't know what to post on it TBH.

Mintyy Fri 06-Sep-13 09:07:12

You can post about whatever you like in otbt. Its quite easy to find via the usual list of Topics.

Sparklingbrook Fri 06-Sep-13 09:10:33

Can you give an example of what I might want to post in there though Mintyy>?

Mintyy Fri 06-Sep-13 09:12:28

Erm ...

<scratches head>

No! I've never felt the need to go otbt, I just namechange for the private/embarrassing stuff.

everlong Fri 06-Sep-13 09:15:06

Thanks sparklinh

Sparklingbrook Fri 06-Sep-13 09:16:37

I am a bit lost. But people must use it and like it so that's the main thing.

usualsuspect Fri 06-Sep-13 09:20:56

Some of the long running threads go in there.

Because people moaned about them coming up in active all the time.

Although why posters didn't just hide them ,I don't know.

HerrenaHarridan Fri 06-Sep-13 09:34:26

I have seen people referred over there for advice about dv as a partner wouldn't be able to search user name

Tee2072 Fri 06-Sep-13 09:38:02

It was created as a "safe space" for people needing to hide.

But it's really no safer than anywhere else on here.

ModeratelyObvious Fri 06-Sep-13 19:43:16

I've had things moved there when posting about a work situation when folks involved or their wives might use MN.

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