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RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Apr-19 09:00:59


We wanted to let you know that we are today launching a new tool to facilitate conflict resolution on the Talk forums.

Using linguistic analysis of the many thousands of discussions on AIBU?, we've produced a list of fifty ‘family flashpoints’ - issues that commonly cause distress and conflict for MNers and their families. The top five flashpoints identified are:

rows over money, particularly how disposable income is spent within couples;
mismatches in sexual libido;
fathers ‘offering to babysit’ for their children;
whose turn it is to empty the bin; and
repeated leaving of towels on the bathroom floor.

Textbots will employ machine learning from millions of Mumsnet responses over the years to inform users whether they are or are not being unreasonable. An animated wagging finger will appear on screen with the text ‘It looks as though you’re about to have a massive row. Would you like some help with that?’ before offering a chatbot mediation service.

Just wanted to let you know - as ever, please do let us know what you think


Chocolateisfab Mon 01-Apr-19 09:02:23

Hopefully the above isn't an April's fool prank!!

Bluntness100 Mon 01-Apr-19 09:02:38

Lol, you nearly had me 🤣

TheQueef Mon 01-Apr-19 09:02:48

Rowan YABU there is a site stuff topic smile

MrFMercury Mon 01-Apr-19 09:03:02

Nice try wink

HighlyUnlikely Mon 01-Apr-19 09:03:16

I think it probably is... and in rather poor taste

thugmansion Mon 01-Apr-19 09:03:49

April fools R us?

Elephantina Mon 01-Apr-19 09:04:29

Good one 👍

WeepingWillowWeepingWino Mon 01-Apr-19 09:05:13


Milfromhades Mon 01-Apr-19 09:05:47

This thing is very annoying MNHQ I just posted a tiny complaint about my DiL poor choice of Mothers day card and gift for myself and it was wagging it's finger and flashing lights everywhere. Absolutely ridiculous!

ScreamingValenta Mon 01-Apr-19 09:06:18

Super idea grin

How about adding:

Neighbour keeps parking his HGV in our drive way
Whether to have a toilet brush in the house
Should I eat this chicken when I accidentally left it on top of the bin overnight and the cat's been licking it?

WeeDangerousSpike Mon 01-Apr-19 09:07:10

Got to be an April fool. Surely the number one flash point is MILs!

VictoriaBun Mon 01-Apr-19 09:08:25

Oh yes !! Most definitely. And how about a big bull shitting all down the page !😉😜

GooodMythicalMorning Mon 01-Apr-19 09:08:41

4/10 for the April fool MNHQ!

AuntieCJ Mon 01-Apr-19 09:10:03

grin wink grin

JinglingHellsBells Mon 01-Apr-19 09:12:43

You forgot


PhilODox Mon 01-Apr-19 09:13:11


DramaAlpaca Mon 01-Apr-19 09:15:45


NiteWotcha Mon 01-Apr-19 09:16:57

grin LOL!

actually, the NightWatch could really do with a "wagging finger" animation - would be handy to reprimand those night-time troublemakers grin

Amongstthetallgrass Mon 01-Apr-19 09:18:41


Beamur Mon 01-Apr-19 09:19:57


WildCherryBlossom Mon 01-Apr-19 09:21:16


BuckingFrolics Mon 01-Apr-19 09:22:32


RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Apr-19 09:23:10

Early tests of the software have proved so successful in resolving conflicts that it has come to the attention of the Government Office of Technology, Change and Aimless Initiatives which is exploring whether the technology might be applied more widely to help resolve protracted conflicts. It’s understood that work has begun on fleshing out which of the Remainers, hard Brexiteers and soft Brexiteers are in fact being more unreasonable. Some senior figures even believe that the software could even be retrospectively deployed to figure out the answer to the Schleswig-Holstein question.

Alsohuman Mon 01-Apr-19 09:24:26

🤣 Nice try but no cigar.

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