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Are MN now advertising women/children/dogs?

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Tee2072 Sun 10-Mar-13 08:33:20

It's black and white and shows a woman a child and a dog. But the image doesn't change and there's no text.

So where do I buy my own women/child/dog? In black and white?

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Mar-13 21:16:08


(HelenMumsnet, our pedant in chief, will kill me for this)

Tee2072 Tue 12-Mar-13 15:43:24

Oh thank goodness it's fixed now! And it makes more sense!

Trills Tue 12-Mar-13 08:18:17

MNHQ is sadly not a tower.

MNHQ are lovely and deserve to have a tower if they want one.

NetworkGuy Mon 11-Mar-13 23:04:28

FWIW, I'd probably have written "MN is ..." as it's a single entity/ website/ organisation, just as I'd probably write "MNHQ is ..." whereas if I was meaning the people at MNHQ I'd probably write "the staff at MNHQ are out to a liquid lunch a great bunch of people" smile

Tee2072 Mon 11-Mar-13 09:59:54

I had a feeling it was Helen!


HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 11-Mar-13 09:21:23

grin at this.

No, it's not a caption comp; it is a cock-up glitch in the ad file.

We'll fix it as soon as we can. Thanks so much for flagging it.

ripsishere Mon 11-Mar-13 04:53:43

I understood the caption competition joke.
I don't have the advert though. I am being offered Pampers with a moving line.

Pan Sun 10-Mar-13 15:52:44

In the circs, Tee it's a very good idea.grin

Tee2072 Sun 10-Mar-13 15:47:30

See, I'm an American and I knew it was are.

Perhaps you should move the US, Pan?

And that's my point exactly, Trill. I did click on it ::brave:: and it goes to MN's Railway Children is the dog running away? The child? The mother?

Very odd ad.

Pan Sun 10-Mar-13 15:34:46

I think it could be a sort of lead-in advert. After a few days something else will appear as a follow up.

FrankWippery Sun 10-Mar-13 15:34:32

The words 'jokes' 'funny' and various members of MN rarely should be seen in the same sentence. And Tee is right, it's MN are in British English.

Pan Sun 10-Mar-13 15:33:38

gosh, you're a tough gig today Tee! I do apologise if the humour didn't carry over t'internet. And thanks MT, it helps massively.

Trills Sun 10-Mar-13 15:33:31

I can see it.

I tend to skim past the adverts, so hadn't especially noticed it.

But it is a bit strange - I don't want to click on it because I don't know what it wants from me.

YANBU to think that adverts should say what they are advertising.

MechanicalTheatre Sun 10-Mar-13 15:29:57

MN is a noun of multitude. In American English, we would say "MN is" as we would say "Manchester United is" or "the staff is". In British English, it's "MN are" and "the staff are".

Hope that helps.

Tee2072 Sun 10-Mar-13 15:28:29

See, jokes are normally funny.

Pan Sun 10-Mar-13 15:26:08


Caption competition was a joke? You really didn't see it in any other way? Wow.

Pedantry Committee needed! I think as Mumsnet is only one 'net' then it should be 'is'. Open to clarification by the Pedants topic people. Mildly curious, not much more.

MechanicalTheatre Sun 10-Mar-13 15:22:39

Pan, that is so bloody rude.

Tee2072 Sun 10-Mar-13 15:21:36

Where does it say it's a caption competition?

As MN is plural, as in the Net of Mum s, are is correct.

So not only are you rude, you're wrong.

Pan Sun 10-Mar-13 14:39:15

And it should be "Is MN advertising..." hope this helps....

Pan Sun 10-Mar-13 14:34:44

It's a caption competition.

Tee2072 Sun 10-Mar-13 14:23:53

It's also blurry...

Tee2072 Sun 10-Mar-13 14:23:42

I don't think it's offensive.'s a bit creepy...all black and white and mysterious. grin

MooncupGoddess Sun 10-Mar-13 14:21:09

I can see it! But it's pretty inoffensive (especially compared to the horrid nappy one) so I don't mind.

Tee2072 Sun 10-Mar-13 14:18:59

No one else sees this B&W ad of just 2 people and a dog that doesn't say what it's for?!?!

Gee, I turn of Adblock on MN and MN only and start getting weird targeted ads!


pepperrabbit Sun 10-Mar-13 14:18:45

I assumed it was a "typical happy MN member" type of picture, like wall paper, or they couldn't sell the space grin

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