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Is this a site for mums, or so called 'professionals'??

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taffleee Fri 01-Nov-13 19:42:27

I have only been on this site for a little less than two weeks, but it seems to be overrun with social workers, health care professionals, even journalists, starting threads for information???

I've answered and even responded to some really personal threads, now I'm totally regretting it - the last thread i posted my heartfelt response to was met by ' thanks, i shall use this information in my professional capacity!!! WTF???

taffleee Fri 01-Nov-13 21:00:34

Queen MNHQ never agreed anything was directed at me also?? why are you be so agressive??

BerstieSpotts Fri 01-Nov-13 21:01:08

ie - the highlighted/sposored/research etc threads are only allowed on a particular board, which you can hide if you don't want to participate in those threads. On the more general boards such as Parenting, Relationships etc, most people will be parents or others who have come across the site in some other way and posting personally or out of interest.

BerstieSpotts Fri 01-Nov-13 21:01:42

Queen isn't being aggressive confused

TheOnlyOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 01-Nov-13 21:03:49

Hi there
This is very much a site for parents - peer to peer advice is at the very core of what MN is about.

There are parents who also work as professional x or y but as Tee pointed out earlier up the thread, requests for case studies are strictly restricted to specific sections of the site.

You may find that there are a fair amount of teachers in the education section and indeed b/f counsellors in the breastfeeding section etc etc but in our experience of the last 13 years this is usually NOT because they are looking for case studies but because they are interested in their topics outside of their 9 to 5 job.

Any problems do
Or use the report button - it's confidential and we read every single report that comes in.
Hope this helps.

I'm not confused

Its just that I read the runaways thread earlier, and saw your comments on there, and assumed when I read this thread that you were referring to that thread.

I'm sorry for thinking that. My mistake.

I mentioned MNHQ agreeing that a post was directed at you because in order for a post to be deleted (which you said one had been), they would have had to agree that it was on some way out of order and breaking talk guidelines - ie a personal attack, or by an undisclosed journo, etc.

I'm sorry you feel I was being aggressive. It wasn't my intention at all.

Tee2072 Fri 01-Nov-13 21:06:44

Olivia! I thought you were done?!?!

And hi!

in some way, not on blush

taffleee Fri 01-Nov-13 21:07:39

I'm really surprised that you've had two such similar posts in a fortnight that you felt were directed at you. Its a very blunt way for someone to respond and if there was another post saying that, which MNHQ agreed was directed at you, then I can see why it was deleted

Queen i did not start the previous post, it was started by a social worker looking for advice on a personal case, which was quite rightly deleted,

This is a new post for me

BOF Fri 01-Nov-13 21:09:09

Now I'm REALLY confused.

taffleee Fri 01-Nov-13 21:14:41

BOF Me too, because this was just supposed to be an open discussion, the fact i have commented on another thread should of been irrelevant, but was obviously read.

My apologies

WestBloodlandSausage Fri 01-Nov-13 21:16:32

tafflee I think you will find that thread was deleted because it wasn't a social worker and probably wasn't real.

TheOnlyOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 01-Nov-13 21:17:21


Olivia! I thought you were done?!?!

And hi!

I am
But you know. Hotel California and all that.

WestBloodlandSausage Fri 01-Nov-13 21:19:32

i've been here for a while now (halloween NC before people advance search me grin) and only ever seen official opinions being sought on sponsored threads. if it was as you described I wouldn't be here perhaps you haven't quite got the hang of mumsnet yet?

taffleee Fri 01-Nov-13 21:20:33

Westblood did you read the thread?

The context is important though.

Just a few minutes earlier I'd read the runaways thread and seen you get offended at a post that said something along the lines of "Thanks, I'll use this information in my professional capacity".

Then I read this thread and assumed that was the post you meant, so my response was based on that assumption.

I now know I was wrong, you were referring to a different post which said something very similar but in a different context and on a different subject, and which has now been removed by MNHQ.

I'm sorry for getting it wrong.

Tee2072 Fri 01-Nov-13 21:24:52

Ah, I see. cake? Since you can't have wine or [gin]?

WestBloodlandSausage Fri 01-Nov-13 21:28:28

the one where they were repeating something someone else said to them in a family centre? yes

if we are talking about a different thread. no

mumsnet is marmite, I guess my advice would be don't keep eating it if you don't like it? and are going to shout at people who do like it

taffleee Fri 01-Nov-13 21:28:34

westblood if you had read the thread, it was nothing to do with the original post apparently made by what you said was a 'so called social worker' but maybe to do with the 75 comments very quickly made from heartfelt individual cases of being let down by social services - from people living with disabled children to parents who have died from horrific illnesses -

I may have not got the 'hang' of 'mumsnet' yet, but i certainly have the ability to read.....

WestBloodlandSausage Fri 01-Nov-13 21:29:58

confused sad

taffleee Fri 01-Nov-13 21:30:33

Queen fair enough x

Tee2072 Fri 01-Nov-13 21:35:53

I have no idea what this thread is actually about.

taffleee Fri 01-Nov-13 21:38:12

Queen the thread i was referring to was made by a social worker, apparently, talking about an individual case, looking for affermation about her career- what followed was 75 posts about people being let down by social services, some really horrific stories -
The thread has since been deleted

bsc Fri 01-Nov-13 21:40:11

tafflee- if things online are upsetting you, or getting you down, just switch off, really.

The SW thread (I was on it) was deleted, and MNHQ do delete threads that they feel are not in the spirit of MN.

And I think you have been quite rude on this thread to people that are trying to help answer your question.

taffleee Fri 01-Nov-13 21:49:51

bsc nothings upsetting me, and how have i been rude??? this is a discussion forum is it not??? who have i been rude too??

tethersend Fri 01-Nov-13 21:57:00

I was on that thread too tafflee- whilst it contained many posts by people who had been seriously let down by social services, there were a few SWs posting, and many other posters bemoaning the lack of resources and funding available.

I think it was deleted at the OP's request as there were (unfounded IMO) concerns about confidentiality.

Which part of it upset you?

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