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What's the worst that can happen if a thread has been picked up by the Daily Mail?

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BeyonceZ Mon 26-Jun-17 10:36:29

Or has happened?

Sparklingbrook Mon 26-Jun-17 10:38:11

It will turn out to be a troll.

StumpyScot92 Mon 26-Jun-17 10:38:22

I always see threads about DM taking threads, but never see actual articles (Although I don't read daily mail but I did go looking one day because of a post on here trying to find them..)

Are they posted in a specific part? Or is there a specific type they take? I've been wondering for a while now haha

53rdWay Mon 26-Jun-17 10:39:15

Depends on the thread I suppose. If it's "help me plan my escape from my abusive husband", that could be pretty bad for obvious reasons. If it's "my boss is a wanker", could lead to losing a job? Or if it's "guess what my MIL did now" you could end up with some very uncomfortable discussions over Sunday lunch!

BeyonceZ Mon 26-Jun-17 10:44:17

But since Mumsnet is an anonymous forum, they will not be able to out who wrote it?

53rdWay Mon 26-Jun-17 10:45:49

If there's enough identifying details then they would, yes.

WorraLiberty Mon 26-Jun-17 10:50:28

Are they posted in a specific part? Or is there a specific type they take? I've been wondering for a while now haha

The ones linked to on here, seem to be tucked away in a little 'magazine' part.

I think the chances of anyone recognising someone from their RL, are waaaaay slimmer than some people here seem to think.

FakePlasticTeaLeaves Mon 26-Jun-17 10:53:40

I guess it's just that the reach is so much higher so users are worried about being able to be identified if people they know read it.

Noctilucent Mon 26-Jun-17 10:55:34

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2014newme Mon 26-Jun-17 10:56:53

Nothing. It's a mutually symbiotic relationship

WorraLiberty Mon 26-Jun-17 10:58:14

Mumsnet has 182,332 Facebook followers at present and goodness knows how many on Twitter.

I'd say there's more chance of being spotted through those channels (if at all), than through a little online side magazine on the DM website.

53rdWay Mon 26-Jun-17 11:04:12

Mail Online gets over 11 million visitors a day, for comparison.

YesMadamDeputySpeaker Mon 26-Jun-17 11:13:23

I don't even let the dogs piss on the Daily Mail, so I can't say I've ever seen any articles taken from here.

Though I did hear there was one that ended up in the DM last week - I can't remember what it was but I nearly posted it, though thankfully decided against it in the end grin

YesMadamDeputySpeaker Mon 26-Jun-17 11:14:07

nearly posted on it blush

AvoidingCallenetics Mon 26-Jun-17 11:17:58

I think some of the posts on MN are very identifying - they often include details which aren't common to all similar situations, so if an OP was talking about you and you saw the story, you'd know!

I think it could make relationships very awkward. Imagine you'd been bitching about your ILs? Even if they deserved it, it would make things very uncomfortable.

Worst case scenario, I think people might put their jobs at risk if they reveal identifying info that breaches their employers rules or right to confidentiality.

user1476869312 Mon 26-Jun-17 11:20:30

There have been one or two cases in the past where a story made the papers (and the MNer in question was happy to be named, photographed etc) - the one I remember was someone who went into labour in a remote village in a blizzard and her H had to ski for rescue or something like that. It was several years ago now.
I imagine MNHQ messaged the poster to ask if she was happy to speak to the presss. They would not give out anyone's contact details without asking, and most stuff is unidentifiable or at least deniable.

EssentialHummus Mon 26-Jun-17 11:24:14

There were a couple that were re-lifted from the Fail to the Times and elsewhere, which really disappointed me.

More generally? People want to have a bitch (rightly) about their bridezilla friend or whatever, but worry that some very specific detail - OMG she wants us all to put fruit on our head and dance the Copacabana at the reception! - will out them and lead to massive fallings out.

FWIW the Fail lifted my dhal recipe from one of the "money saving tips" threads on here, so DH renamed it Daily Mail Curry. That's been the only impact on my life so far grin

JamRock Mon 26-Jun-17 11:32:01

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unfortunateevents Mon 26-Jun-17 11:32:01

The DM may not be able to find out who wrote the thread but if it is a specific situation, people may well recognise you in RL. There was one recently about a bridesmaid asking for advice for her friend who had cancelled her wedding on the morning of the ceremony, that was lifted and the bridesmaid had to tell her friend as she felt it was unlikely that any other weddings had been cancelled on that day so her friend would recognise herself. Also, I don't know where the stories run in the newspaper but online they are pretty much on the home page, often part-way down so quite obvious.

GabsAlot Mon 26-Jun-17 11:38:07

depends on details-the one couple weeks ago about theabandoned wedding by the bride is pretty outing

daily fail are just lazy

GabsAlot Mon 26-Jun-17 11:38:55

sorry unfortunat cross post

VintagePerfumista Mon 26-Jun-17 11:45:35

What Sparkling said. In 99% of cases.

Of the other 1%, half of those do a lot of hand-wringing and howling at the moon-ing and "How dare they!" like they thought they were having a private conversation with their bezzie rather than publishing their tawdry sex lives on the www.

The best that can happen is that they become a bit more educated about internet privacy. Y'know, like we try and instil in our kids. wink

The OP of the bride one was perfectly happy to drop her hilarious updates into the thread for 24 hrs before the press ran a brief clickbait article. She was then happy enough to start another thread whinging about how her friend was pissed off at her.

Some people just need their internet privileges taking off them tbh. Till they learn they can be trusted with them.

lanouvelleheloise Mon 26-Jun-17 11:45:48

Even though Mumsnet is a huge website, the DM website has far greater worldwide reach. The chances of a thread being seen by those it is about is much greater. The consequences of that could be absolutely dire (let's not forget the sobering stats on domestic violence) or just socially awkward.

RoryPowers Mon 26-Jun-17 11:47:56

Some people are super obsessed with "outing yourself" I once posted something on here which was fairly vague and a common problem where I live but another place in the country would be less common and possibly more outing. Anyway cue the tons of comments about how I was going to get myself sacked ect. I was a very hormonal very pregnant lady at the time and was up all night crying about losing my job because of mumsnet! I wrote so many pleading emails for it to be deleted and then it took bloody forever!

Iwasjustabouttosaythat Mon 26-Jun-17 11:49:51

Cancel the cheque was huge! Absolutely no doubt the bride or groom or their family found out about that one. The friendship was already over presumably so I guess no real damage there. In fact it may have been a good outcome if the newlyweds realises what jerks they were being.

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