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rockrockaroundtheclock Thu 06-Aug-15 20:07:03

Not a TAAT per se but inspired by one over on chat <strokes beard>

why oh why advertise your own, erm, piece of writing on MN by pretending to be someone you are not... do you not know we are a nest of vipers who see through these things easily wink grin

especially when you have a history of not being everyone's favourite lactation support adviser (Guardian column c. 2009, yes I'm looking at you)

paulapompom Thu 06-Aug-15 20:23:55

What? You are being too cryptic for me, I am a newish viper, I don't know what's going on confused

PurpleDaisies Thu 06-Aug-15 20:28:44

Ey? I need more clues...

rockrockaroundtheclock Thu 06-Aug-15 20:33:04

SOrry. Didnt want to accuse anyone unfairly of anything so didnt give much detail purposely.

was on chat earlier when a poster started a thread basically saying "everyone read this excellent book by [author name]" and how it would change your life. seemed remarkably like said poster was indeed author. who by some coincidence is not MN's flavour of the month when it comes to breastfeeding..

PurpleDaisies Thu 06-Aug-15 20:34:35

I saw that thread and assumed it was by the author of the book. It seemed a bit sad and desperate to me...

StealthPolarBear Thu 06-Aug-15 20:35:26

I don't know the thread bit are her initials cbc?

FenellaFellorick Thu 06-Aug-15 20:35:41

cos it's cheaper than paying for an advert.

JohnFarleysRuskin Thu 06-Aug-15 20:36:10

There is the plug hole for all that.

It's in other stuff I think.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Thu 06-Aug-15 20:36:20

<heads over to chat >

Didn't open that thread wink

rockrockaroundtheclock Thu 06-Aug-15 20:38:04

said author is in fact a man whose novels always have a female narrative voice <over invested>

yes initials i think are CC stealth

rockrockaroundtheclock Thu 06-Aug-15 20:39:10

didn't say it to necessarily have it pulled/cause alarm, more just because it was an entertaining read smile and a warning of sorts re how self promotion on mn can go a bit wrong

StealthPolarBear Thu 06-Aug-15 20:40:57

Oh novels? I'm confused then

rockrockaroundtheclock Thu 06-Aug-15 20:44:47

name rhymes with "miss meeve" stealth, thread on p 2 of chat smile

dodobookends Thu 06-Aug-15 20:47:14

Bit like the ones pleading 'Ooh, please can someone tell me where can I buy...?'. Within the first half-dozen posts will be someone who knows where to get the hard-to-find item, and who provides a link to the website.

The OP then come back on a day later, having just taken suspiciously quick delivery of the marvellous product they were looking for, full of praise for the fantastic service and helpfully providing a link to the website again.

Not that I'm cynical or anything...

rockrockaroundtheclock Thu 06-Aug-15 21:00:53

Yes exactly dodo!

It's the oldest trick in the book - fair enough if it's a good product but just be open about it.

It's the effusive praise I think that I'm most watchful of: "this changed my life!" especially when no-one has mentioned the item before

<boring old gimmer>

paulapompom Thu 06-Aug-15 22:03:31

Ah - I see, sort of. Goingto look at some other threads and find out more... x

rockrockaroundtheclock Thu 06-Aug-15 22:21:51

Have a look paula i might be barking up the wrong tree here. but it looks pretty transparent to me. Funny too how these posters always choose chat as well with its high traffic rather than S&B/adult fiction etc. etc. wink

Ho hum, rant over

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