Does anyone remember the new year AIBU broke Mumsnet?

(108 Posts)
Duffmcstockings Fri 01-Jan-21 00:43:02

Did that really happen? Did I imagine it??

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Ooogmanay Fri 01-Jan-21 00:44:07

grin yes, I was there. Looooong time ago. People were really, really upset!

WitchesBritchesPumpkinPants Fri 01-Jan-21 00:45:09

I was there. Feels like a lifetime ago.

Bixs Fri 01-Jan-21 00:45:17

I’ve been here for ever but I don’t remember that! What happened?

christinarossetti19 Fri 01-Jan-21 00:46:46

I was a very occasional user at the time and don't remember the ins and outs, but yes do remember the drama.

Over 10 years ago now?

DimidDavilby Fri 01-Jan-21 00:47:03

Tell us oh wise ones. Of the before times.

meditrina Fri 01-Jan-21 00:47:21


One person posted a thread with a click bait title of MN cliches but containing a friendly New Year message

Then everyone had to do one

And they became less funny

And Active Convos thread titles looked like a list of bigots paradise greatest hits.

MNHQ asked several times to cease and desist, epwhuch justncaused mire, and by tius time, done were downright homophobic and worse

So shut down for a few hours whilst everyone sobered up.

It was a bit like a toddler shouting 'bum' - only the first couple of times are funny


GloGirl Fri 01-Jan-21 00:47:24

Was that the year that people started posting millions of "funny" threads.

They were not funny.

Bloodypunkrockers Fri 01-Jan-21 00:49:12


They were boring and not funny

It was mass hysteria as thread after thread appeared.

Not very inclusive

domesticslattern Fri 01-Jan-21 00:50:36

God it was a bit like when the class goes bonkers when the teacher is out of the room.

Ooogmanay Fri 01-Jan-21 00:50:52

What year was that?

People were furious. Threats of all sorts going on because everyone was blocked from posting.

DramaAlpaca Fri 01-Jan-21 00:51:47

Ah yes, the great New Year fuck up. I was just thinking about it actually.

An inexperienced MNHQ staffer was left in charge, couldn't cope with all the 'merriment', deleted stuff they shouldn't, left stuff they should have deleted and all hell broke loose grin

NoWordForFluffy Fri 01-Jan-21 00:52:24

I remember that. It was 2012 or 2013, I think (I've only been here since 2012).

YouBoughtMeAWall Fri 01-Jan-21 00:52:28

God I remember that! Must have been 4/5 years ago?

Goodbye2020Hello2021 Fri 01-Jan-21 00:53:27

Don’t give anyone ideas... Sounds as ‘hilarious’ as the in-joke threads full of absolute rubbish hmm

Madeupwithit Fri 01-Jan-21 00:54:05

Ha ha. Yes. It was epic.

Happy days.

DramaAlpaca Fri 01-Jan-21 00:54:36

I joined in 2012 too @NoWordForFluffy. I think it was a year or two later.

ValiaH Fri 01-Jan-21 00:56:48

2012 or 2013 definitely as it was when I would browse mumsnet while doing nightfeeds for my eldest. I remember the aftermath the next day and finding out why the site had been down.

NoWordForFluffy Fri 01-Jan-21 00:59:09

I'm trying to recall where I was living at the time. We've been here for 7 NYEs, but I don't think I was in this house! I could be wrong though (I had babies 14 months apart in 2013 and 2014; it was all a blur for a few years!).

Duffmcstockings Fri 01-Jan-21 00:59:15


Tell us oh wise ones. Of the before times.

Rude hmm

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NoWordForFluffy Fri 01-Jan-21 00:59:26

13 months apart even! 🙈😂

callistography Fri 01-Jan-21 01:00:54

Oh god. Yes! I remember that. It's a bit of a blur as I was breastfeeding a tiny baby so I was up most of the night just watching the carnage occur

Sparklingbrook Fri 01-Jan-21 01:01:49

Yep remember it well.

Also the summer of the hacking when MN went down for a few days. Imagine. shock

ssd Fri 01-Jan-21 01:02:09

I remember it but as usual I missed it all....sand I still dont know what happened.

NoWordForFluffy Fri 01-Jan-21 01:02:29

Was that Jeffrey? Or was that something else?

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