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To think there is so much bollocks advice on MN?

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TooOldForThisWhoCares Mon 21-Jan-19 14:16:28

Some of the "advice" offered up on this website is just ridiculous at best and actually damaging at worst. If you are having huge issues for e.g with your child's
behaviour, fgs go to your gp or some kind of professional if possible. Same applies to many problems people put on here. Yes there is some good advice, but honestly it's often drowned out by complete and utter shite. Yes I'm sure I'll get a kicking for this but it just amazes me what people say to other, sometimes desperate, people on here.

QueenofmyPrinces Mon 21-Jan-19 14:17:39

Can you give some examples of the bad kind of advice you are referring to?

Claw001 Mon 21-Jan-19 14:21:03

GP’s don’t have magic wands! Unfortunately referrals take time. I’ve had some excellent advice on here!

MoreCheeseDear Mon 21-Jan-19 14:23:30

Are you bollocks giving you problems? What advice do you need?

1Redacted1 Mon 21-Jan-19 14:23:32

'Go to the solicitor and demand your free half hour consultation, they all have to do it.'

TooOldForThisWhoCares Mon 21-Jan-19 14:24:22

No I don't want to be specific because then it would be a TAAT and the point is it's across the whole of MN. The example I gave is generic and of course gps don't have magic wands.

I think there IS some good advice and I did say that but there is also a huge amount of bad and wrong advice.

Shallishanti123 Mon 21-Jan-19 14:24:25

The legal advice makes me laugh. hmm

Holidayshopping Mon 21-Jan-19 14:24:32

To be honest it’s something else on here that annoys me on here the most.

Poster asks a question-they get lots of completely contrasting replies in response.

One person replies and says-‘I am qualified in this field and some of the advice given on here is irresponsible and dangerous’ yet don’t go on to say which bits they think are dangerous or give any helpful views of their own!

Debaser12 Mon 21-Jan-19 14:25:57

I've come on here for advice and support about a few things and people have been really helpful. It's no different to googling for help but usually it's tried and tested by the mn'er.

I wouldn't ask about somthing life and death though more nappy rash remedies or Bf support.

TooOldForThisWhoCares Mon 21-Jan-19 14:26:24

Haha my bollocks are entirely imaginary, Cheesy. Good point though, and well made, about the title of the thread.

Pk37 Mon 21-Jan-19 14:28:20

What makes me laugh on here is the repeated calls for some women to leave their husband/boyfriend etc.. because they called them a bad word or shouted at them.
Ffs I’d have been divorced years ago ! Dh and I shout at each other sometimes but that’s because we are both stubborn sods but not because we don’t love each other or respect each other ...

thebeesknees123 Mon 21-Jan-19 14:28:46

I agree. Some of the advice is really cliched. I have also had some shockingly bad advice from professionals too, which is often how we get into such a mess

BirthdayCakes Mon 21-Jan-19 14:29:15

Go to your GP is often the worst advice!!

badlydrawnperson Mon 21-Jan-19 14:30:26

YANBU at all.

"Your insurance is invalid if you have no MOT" is one of my recent favourite bollocks urban myths* - supported by a link to some kind of money advice website which is also talking bollocks.

Mostly - there appear to be a very small number of tinpot insurers who make this stipulation.

reallybadidea Mon 21-Jan-19 14:33:03

I get unreasonably irritated by replies that start with "Head teacher here" or whatever. a) because it sounds really pompous and b) the poster could be nothing of the kind, yet everyone's supposed to bow down to their superior knowledge.

Sparklesocks Mon 21-Jan-19 14:34:23

I think the legal ones can be outright damaging at times! Fair enough if you’re a solicitor/law professional but a lot of people offer advice based on what they think they know/saw on telly once. Stuff like ‘you don’t have to pay for that tax/bill if..’ etc.

ReggieKrayDoYouKnowMyName Mon 21-Jan-19 14:34:37

Yeah there’s so mad advice on MN. I do sometimes wonder if people are sometimes just seeing what’s the maddest thing that they can advise and someone might do.

Debaser12 Mon 21-Jan-19 14:34:40

Basically if you want relationships advice you will be told your dh is a cunt and you need to ltb.

My husband didn't do the washing up -

LTB

Mitsuki Mon 21-Jan-19 14:34:52

"Take a spa day" "Book a spa day"

"Get your free half hour with soliciter"

One tiny thing happens In a family? "Go non contact" "Cut them out of your life"

All this advice makes me a little bit hmm

Bluelady Mon 21-Jan-19 14:35:32

There's a lot of call 101/social services advice which 99 times out of 100 is bollocks. Lots of LTB over utter trivia. The worst of all though was to send a new baby card to the mother of a stillborn baby and remember its birthday every year. I'd have murdered anyone who did that.

Sparklesocks Mon 21-Jan-19 14:36:23

Bluelady omg what is wrong with people!

Sparklesocks Mon 21-Jan-19 14:37:54

I also think the relationship stuff can go the other way too, a poster can write about how her DH is constantly rude, disrespectful, doesn’t life a finger etc and verbally abusive and one poster will say ‘hmmm are you sure he’s not just having a stressful time at work? It does sound like you nag a bit’

longwayoff Mon 21-Jan-19 14:38:29

If you want professional advice, pay a professional. If you want a random selection of musings and ponderings and lived experiences, ask mumsnet. If you don't like it then you're free to ignore it. What else are you expecting?

Bluelady Mon 21-Jan-19 14:40:16

@Sparklesocks, I know.

reallybadidea Mon 21-Jan-19 14:40:28

@badlydrawnperson

See also "your house insurance will be invalidated if you don't lock the door even if you're in the house".

And even if some insurers do say those things, it doesn't mean that the Financial Ombudsman would agree that they're allowed to.

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