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Abuse on Mumsnet

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swaye Thu 16-May-13 09:44:00

Is it common place?

Ive started a couple of threads on mumsnet pregnancy forum asking for support and whilst the majority of people have been very helpful and supportive there is always a few who want to beat you up and slag you off!

I will not be starting any more threads asking for support for this reason and just stick to asking about factual stuff.

Hopefully i won't get any nasty comments on this post!

Real shame.

MoaningMingeWhingesAgain Thu 16-May-13 09:44:42


Hope you feel better for sharing that.

MaryannM Thu 16-May-13 10:15:53

It is a real shame, I've seen a lot of it on here :-(

Hope you are ok x

HoneyDragon Thu 16-May-13 10:24:22

Having looked at your posts, you need to amend your op to, I have had lots of support. One person disagreed with something I said and now I have the hump.

Have a look at our guidelines. Threads about threads are not really on, and saying Mnet is abusive in your case is grossly unfair. Have you posted on wooly hugs, brave babes etc. the bereavement and SN threads?

I think, you've just belittled all the support you have had from other mnetters with this thread which is a real shame sad

Teaandflapjacks Thu 16-May-13 10:57:28

I have also just had a look at your threads and TBH I am not at all sure what you mean- I think this relates to your thread on asking for support on how to involve your partner in the pregnancy. Some posters told him to man up a bit, and not make a rod for your back. Perhaps they are speaking from experience - you don't know their circs, and I am sure if you asked they would tell you. I think they were trying to help you - admittedly their wording was direct. I have had some fairly bolshy discussions here and there with people - for example of topics like alcohol, bfing etc, and had some hmm comments to me - but I responded fairly and took it in good spirit as it was a debate etc - we will all have diff opinions - as it right! I can't see how any of the posts you have received would count as 'abuse' and I think it is a shame you feel the need to post this into a thread. You can directly message any individual if you want on MN, or indeed request MNHQ to delete the offensive post. I think you have received some really lovely messages of support, some more direct ones, but all meant in good faith as far as I can make out. I really do not think anyone set out to offend hon - honestly. Are you ok? are you just having a rubbish day and upset or something? brew

ThingummyBob Thu 16-May-13 11:06:03

Nah I reckon its the 'callus' (sic) way in which someone told her that complaining about a GP when she was in fact pissed off at her dentist was not on hmm

Bad form OP.


have you tried net huns they love a post starting 'ladies!!!' there

swaye Thu 16-May-13 11:12:11

My point exactly, some on here are lovely and helpful and kind and read posts so they understand the situation fully and realise that i was very understanding towards my GP and some on here are spiteful and nasty.

I've had a bad few days yes. Thanks for your supportive comments kind people. Actually laughing now.

SoupDragon Thu 16-May-13 11:12:14

I can't see anywhere you have suffered "abuse".

I think you may be a little over sensitive - and let's face it, most pregnant women are! smile

Fakebook Thu 16-May-13 11:19:34

<insert nasty comment>


ItsallisnowaFeegle Thu 16-May-13 11:21:26

I was just about to suggest that your pg hormones may be in control today.

Most MN's are extremely supportive and there are always one or two who may be over harsh arseholes however, I think there's a massive difference between abuse and receiving advice and or support from someone who says it how they see it, IYSWIM?

I was an hormonal mess when I was pg and despite my ranting that it wasn't hormones to blame, they really were in control sometimes.

petra27 Thu 16-May-13 11:22:03

Well I haven't read all your threads but my experience of Mumsnet has been that I joined when I got pregnant and mucked about on my antenatal thread chatting....

My baby then died at 5 months in the pregnancy and it was Mumsnet that got me through. I have since had three more pregnancies, none of which has ended in sucess and again have been supported and cared for on here even when people in real life didn't know what to say or said the wrong thing.

Sometimes I read threads where people are moaning at daft stuff like (made up example so as not to offend anyone): their mother in law has brought them a 'special blanket' to take the baby home from the hospital in when they wanted to buy one themselves and I do feel stabby find it difficult to feel it is the emergency that they think it is, but in my experience, MNet feedback is pretty good at seeing the wood for the trees in such cases, even if the posters think they are being mean.

Genuinely, I don't think that I would still be around if it wasn't for this nest of vipers.

stargirl1701 Thu 16-May-13 11:34:56

I have had a look at your threads. You do understand that, in life and, therefore on MN, people will disagree with you - sometimes vehemently! I really didn't see anything abusive tbh.

EhricLovesTeamQhuay Thu 16-May-13 11:38:10

People were abusive on pregnancy threads? They posted to slag you off and beat you up? Really? I don't believe you.
People can be utter cunts on mumsnet sometimes but I don't believe they would be on a pregnancy thread. Cba to search your name but it seems others have. Are you a bit over sensitive by any chance?

Teaandflapjacks Thu 16-May-13 11:40:08

Petra - thanks

OP - I have just had a look at this message you found offensive and TBH I think she made a really valid point on doctors and the NHS. She just completely disagreed with you and gave you a different position - standing in your doctors shoes. He ensured you had correct medical advice afterwards. The pressure the poor doctors under the NHS creaking system in the UK feel is beyond ridiculous - I could not do that job for all the tea in china. It looked to me like you were upset over the dentist more than anything, and projected some of that onto the doctor visit? And then someone didn't offer buckets of sympathy and said a robust opinion to suggest complaining was not the way to go and this is abuse? It sounds like perhaps your hormones are all over the shop? Indeed your response back to the other poster was a bit hmm. The women on here have helped me too enormously - made me laugh when i felt like utter shite, and have given frank responses when required no doubt.

We all have crazy hormones going all over the shop so perhaps you are just having this and an off day?

ExpatAl Thu 16-May-13 11:48:44

Petra I'm sorry for your losses. Life can be utterly and shittily cruel sometimes.

ItsallisnowaFeegle Thu 16-May-13 11:55:28

flowers for Petra

lililon Thu 16-May-13 12:17:36

Some people on MN can be harsh, however I think you gave as good as you got.

TinkyPeet Thu 16-May-13 13:24:53

I've just read your other thread OP and tbh the only post that comes across as abusive is your last post, perhaps, as I do, if you're having a particular shitty day with hormones, best not to log on and take it out on us!?
Chin up

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 16-May-13 13:40:17

oh dear. That wasn't abuse. You just wait until you've had a real whipping.

GoodbyePorkPie Thu 16-May-13 14:16:42

Petra flowers (hug). So sorry for your losses.

OP I think you're being a bit of a drama queen.

fanjodisfunction Thu 16-May-13 14:44:52

OP, you get out of the site what you put in, you asked for advice from a wide community you are going to get different views. It wasn't abusive, if you want to see abusive have a wonder over to AIBU or even some baby name threads.

This site has been amazingly supportive to me through three failed pregancies (one stillbirth two miscarriages) and like petra I have been in awe of everyones support. Its often constructive but its all in good faith, this is not a site where we just agree give you a hug and send you on your way, we discuss. Its the real world.

I hope you see mumsnet for what it is.

ItsallisnowaFeegle Thu 16-May-13 14:49:06

fanjo - flowers for you too, lady.

Booyhoo Thu 16-May-13 14:51:05


posting on mumsnet is like walking into the middle of your nearest city centre and talking loudly. people will hear you. the people nearest to you. that doesn't mean they are nice people, or your friends or there to say what you want to hear. they just happen to be the strangers that were there when you spoke and heard what you said. they will all answer based on their own experiences of life and they will all be different. some will be supportive. some wont. that's ife. if you dont like that aspect of Mn then dont post asking strangers' opinions.

Booyhoo Thu 16-May-13 15:03:04

and actually, after reading your reaction to the ONE poster who disagreed with your actions i'm not at all sure you'll have a comfortable stay here at MN. where is it you think you are? telling someone they have no right to post on your thread, caling them callous, selfish and having no respect. why? because they dared to disagree with you? (who are you btw? someone we should know?) and to top it off, throwing mental health issues around like some kind of insult!

Ilikethebreeze Thu 16-May-13 15:31:02

Only seen your most recent thread.
You are new to MN.
You needed to report the post if you were not happy with it.
But fighting fire with fire will get you in trouble too. And if you carry on like that, MN will eventually probably ban you.

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