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IAmSeriousAndDontCallMeShirley Mon 08-Aug-16 23:23:54

I am asking this is the most genuine way, as I am curious. Please don't take it any other way.

What I want to know is... Is Mumsnet for parents and those TTC Etc? Or is it a general chat room?

It might seem a daft question, but recently I have seen a number of posts recently started by people saying 'I don't have kids and I don't want them' somewhere in the topic. This has me hmm as surely the clue is in the name?

ShowOfHands Mon 08-Aug-16 23:25:18

It's for anybody and everybody and long may that be true.

DonkeyOaty Mon 08-Aug-16 23:26:24

Its for anyone

cexuwaleozbu Mon 08-Aug-16 23:27:06

Anyone who wants to post here, abides by the rules and hasn't been banned is welcome.

Not everyone who wants to be a parent can be a parent.
Not everyone wants to be a parent but they can nevertheless be interested in participating in the wide ranging topics of conversation that aren't all directly connected with parenting.

It's all fine.

Sparklingbrook Mon 08-Aug-16 23:30:04

It is for anyone. Apart from children. Or trolls.

DonkeyOaty Mon 08-Aug-16 23:30:54

cex that is a great post [thumbs up]

DonkeyOaty Mon 08-Aug-16 23:31:41

oh and you two, too
<anxious not to upset>

acatcalledjohn Mon 08-Aug-16 23:33:21

I don't have kids and I don't want them'

That's me!

Mumsnet is: Sweary like no other, active, supportive, hilarious, interesting, intelligent, and a great way to procrastinate.

It may have started out for mums, but things do grow and develop except a baby in my womb. Changing the brand is far more of a faff than just accepting your wider audience and participants for what or whom they are.

DramaAlpaca Mon 08-Aug-16 23:33:26

There's a great variety of people on here.

The more the merrier, I say.

as long as they aren't trolls

ilovesooty Mon 08-Aug-16 23:33:53

There's plenty of stimulating discussion on here which isn't related to parenting.

Just5minswithDacre Mon 08-Aug-16 23:34:29

It does make the 'by patents, for parents' (have I even got that right blush?) tag line a bit odd, off course smile

Just5minswithDacre Mon 08-Aug-16 23:35:07

Parents, not patents hmm

PurpleDaisies Mon 08-Aug-16 23:35:37

This has me hmm as surely the clue is in the name?

Have a look at the list of topics available and you'll see the vast majority have nothing to do with being a parent. Even people without children generally have some involvement with them.

It's a busy site with interesting people on it. Whether you've got kids or not is largely irrelevant.

Sparklingbrook Mon 08-Aug-16 23:36:20

I would think the tag line dates back to when the site was started when it was exactly that. 'By people for people' sounds all wrong though.

IAmSeriousAndDontCallMeShirley Mon 08-Aug-16 23:36:34

I think that's what got me all confused. The tag line suggests otherwise.

Perhaps time for a rebrand MN?

Some of my favourite posts are the non children related ones. So I for one am happy, just a bit confused (new to MN...) smile

IAmSeriousAndDontCallMeShirley Mon 08-Aug-16 23:38:19

Still trying to navigate the site purple, enjoying what my finding though. Even if I stumble across things by accident

IAmSeriousAndDontCallMeShirley Mon 08-Aug-16 23:38:49

Especially parking threads! Love those!! grin

PurpleDaisies Mon 08-Aug-16 23:39:09

Why would they rebrand? People without children find their way here and are welcomed with no issue at all. They're known as mumsnet. It seems daft to undo all the marketing!

Sparklingbrook Mon 08-Aug-16 23:40:14

I agree Purple. No need to rebrand at all.

PurpleDaisies Mon 08-Aug-16 23:40:14

Here's the menu with all the topics op. Some are more active than others!

Just5minswithDacre Mon 08-Aug-16 23:41:25

By parents, for parents and non-parents would be very agreeable smile

EnquiringMingeWantsToKnow Mon 08-Aug-16 23:43:21

Well the "By parents, for parents" is definitely a bit questionable, given the number of childfree people here (and welcome) talking about Georgette Heyer or Guinea Pigs or even their life as a childfree nanny.

Sparklingbrook Mon 08-Aug-16 23:44:21

Strictly speaking it should be ' by parents and non parents for parents and non parents'. Which is just awful as a tag line.

DramaAlpaca Mon 08-Aug-16 23:44:28

I think it's so well known as Mumsnet that it's unlikely to be rebranded.

It's evolved into a general chat forum, but its USP is that it's mainly used by women.

IAmSeriousAndDontCallMeShirley Mon 08-Aug-16 23:45:19

Thanks purple I'll take a look x

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