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To think you know the OP IRL

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justkeepongoing Sun 20-Nov-16 19:01:03

Reading some of the threads got me thinking. Had anyone ever read a thread and thought I know who that is IRL or I think I know who/where they're talking about? Light hearted Sunday night post of course!

SloanePeterson Sun 20-Nov-16 19:03:15

Yes. It was a horrible situation and she ended up getting a (well deserved) roasting. It would have been very obvious to anyone who knew her that it was her as the situation was so specific. I didn't comment nor did I ever mention I'd seen it.

CurlySusanFox Sun 20-Nov-16 19:05:03

I didn't know an OP but I knew what place she was talking about when they were describing an area she was having an issue with. I asked about it on the thread (said is it 'here' and then he thread went

Halloweensnake Sun 20-Nov-16 19:06:03

No I've not,but anything I post on any thread ,I always now think do I care if it makes the paper and do I care if someone recognises me..if the answer is yes I don't post...

lilydaisyrose Sun 20-Nov-16 19:06:54

Yes, twice & I've not been here that long!

babybarrister Sun 20-Nov-16 19:08:08

yes - I had a client post on a legal thread!

smEGGnogg Sun 20-Nov-16 19:08:11

One of my friends told me she recognised me.

Armbags Sun 20-Nov-16 19:09:06

Several times a day but I'm never right! grin

Augustwedding Sun 20-Nov-16 19:09:14

Yep my cousin found me. Was fine though as I don't post anything I wouldn't want her to know.

MissClimpsonsTypingBureau Sun 20-Nov-16 19:11:20

Yes - there was one AIBU where I was fairly sure I was the antagonist :S

SomeonesRealName Sun 20-Nov-16 19:12:34

Yes I recognised a friend and told her. I didn't advance search her to read any of her posting history; I only read the thread I recognised her on. I think she's changed her username now. SmEggnog I hope it's not you! grin

pugsake Sun 20-Nov-16 19:12:41

No ex-p's partner likes to stalk me. I'm quite recognisable with posting about losing someone which isn't (thank god) that common a circumstance.


OohhThatsMe Sun 20-Nov-16 19:14:52

Did she get good advice here, babybarrister?

LaPharisienne Sun 20-Nov-16 19:18:11

Yes, twice...

Once was awful - couldn't believe the OP had posted so much about an awful situation (hers) and it was TOTALLY obvious to anyone who knew her I should imagine

Scooby20 Sun 20-Nov-16 19:24:33

I spotted my sil on here. She had given some identifying details in the back story. I didn't tell her I saw it. She was posting about her own family, although a lot of the inside and outs were lacking in reality.

I just left her too it.

Jinglebellsandv0dka Sun 20-Nov-16 19:26:32

Yes one of my very close friends and the majority of posters told her whst I did - to LTB.

Sadly she hasn't sad

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Sun 20-Nov-16 19:30:41

Yes, someone I know slightly through a shared hobby. One comment about a group we both belong to with one key identifying fact about the group and one about her.

Mooey89 Sun 20-Nov-16 19:31:49

I posted when my ex assaulted me... my mums friend saw it and messaged me. She ended up being a great support to me actually leaving my marriage and I am very glad she is a mumsnetter.

FeralBeryl Sun 20-Nov-16 19:33:25

Ooh I was going to post something similar!
I also wonder if anyone has seen a less than favourable thread about someone and realised if was written about them? And if so, did the responses make them 'change their ways'

AliceInUnderpants Sun 20-Nov-16 19:34:28

I recognised a (long term online) friend from a heartbreaking post. When she posted something vague but connected on FB a few days later, I PMed her and mentioned that I thought she may have posted about it on MN and if it was her, my heart was going out to her and she could talk to me anytime she needed to. I didn't AS any of her other posts, and didn't really take in her username, so wouldn't know her from Larry now on MN.

smEGGnogg Sun 20-Nov-16 19:35:06

<eyes SomeonesRealName with suspicion>

Namechangeemergency Sun 20-Nov-16 19:35:27

She was getting a lot of sympathy and leaving out some very pertinent details.
I didn't do anything but I kept an eye for a while because she was posting about very sensitive stuff and I didn't want vulnerable people being sucked in.
She was making a lot of stuff up.

DramaInPyjamas Sun 20-Nov-16 19:37:07

There was a poster in 'baby names' who mentioned her daughter's (uncommon) name - which is the same as my niece.
so I was convinced it was my sister and every post I saw her write after that I was looking for clues,

it wasn't my her though, unless she's trolling MN by constantly mentioning her beautiful fancy house/expensive car/lovely handsome husband/perfectly perfect kids as she has none of these in real life!

ShebaShimmyShake Sun 20-Nov-16 19:39:33

I think a lot of people don't realise how common certain situations or even turns of phrase are. I've seen a lot of posters and thought "someone who knows me could well think that's me", with same child age, marriage length, region, background etc etc. Unless it really was very specific in detail, I'd always think it more likely not to be anyone I know.

TinselTwins Sun 20-Nov-16 19:39:55

Yes I recognised someone, they didn't post anything particularly private, nothing that her facebook friends wouldn't know about, so I never said anything as I don't think any privacy was beached by me knowing her on here due to her just using here for general stuff not private stuff.

If someone was posting uber private things under what they thought was anonymity but I knew they were identifiable, i'ld tell em

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