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How to get the best from Mumsnet - article in the FT

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GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 07-Feb-09 11:04:35


pellmell Sat 07-Feb-09 11:20:22

sums this place up rather well grin

Hassled Sat 07-Feb-09 11:21:06

The journalist has obviously lurked very efficiently.

ComeWhineWithMe Sat 07-Feb-09 11:32:47

Great advice it should go straight to the inbox of everyone who newly registers grin.

policywonk Sat 07-Feb-09 11:37:51

It's telling me that I've already viewed three articles this month (which I SO HAVEN'T) - can anyone c+p please?

FrannyandZooey Sat 07-Feb-09 11:38:45


twinsetandpearls Sat 07-Feb-09 11:39:56

How to get the best from Mumsnet
By Isabel Berwick

Published: February 7 2009 02:00 | Last updated: February 7 2009 02:00, the UK's biggest parenting website, is a gossipy virtual town full of opinionated people (not just mothers), who can advise, support and gripe about pretty much anything. If you have a problem or query, chances are that someone on Mumsnet can solve it for you.

This week the phenomenon spills over into RL (Real Life - Mumsnet, or MN, features many abbreviations and acronyms) with the publication of the first of a series of very practical parenting guides, offering "a million mums' trade secrets".

With hundreds of thousands of users, Mumsnet can be intimidating for newcomers ("newbies"). So here are five steps to help you get the most from an extraordinary resource.

1. Learn the acronyms

Your offspring are known as DCs, for "dear children" (they can be also be DDs or DSs). So if you have three sons, they will be known as DS1, DS2 and DS3 on Mumsnet. DH is a dear husband, DW (wife) or DP (partner).

Everyone's favourite Mumsnet acronym is AIBU ("Am I being unreasonable?"), which was used by so many members wanting opinions from others that it spawned its own forum. And now AIBU is the most-viewed part of the site - latest figures show 253,548 views a month. (Sample thread title: "AIBU to want a bit of time to get over the fact he left me for someone else?")

New parents of PFBs - precious first borns - beware. Asking for support for your complaint that your sugar-and- saltfree toddler was given crisps and chocolate at a party is likely to get the answer YABU - you are being unreasonable.

2. Enjoy the debates

Vintage Mumsnet moments are all about sex, love, revenge - and private v state schools. Other promising topics for a ding-dong of a thread include anything with MMR jab, Steiner school or the childcare guru Gina Ford in the title line. Log on, sit back with a glass of wine and watch the sparks fly.

3. Use the advice

If you have a problem or query, check the excellent archives. Chances are someone's already asked this very question. Looking for opinions about a yurt campsite in Cornwall? Someone on MN has been there in RL (real life), got the overpriced midge bites and recommends a nicer, cheaper place down the road.

4. Get posting . . .

First choose a suitable, witty nickname (if in doubt, go literary). Co-founder Justine Roberts offers some pointers for new Mumsnetters: "Do look about, introduce yourself, and make yourself at home. And use punctuation and paragraphs in your posts or you will lose 90 per cent of your readers." Txtspk has no place on Mumsnet. She also advises caution with your choice of topics: "Don't ask if people like the name Callista for your bump - unless you are prepared for them to say it is dreadful."

5. . . . or just lurk

Lurking is the word for hanging about, using the site (there are some good member discounts) and observing what's going on. I have been lurking for years. It's free, fun and informative. I have picked up some great parenting tips, stonking celebrity gossip and learnt some of the silliest children's names in Britain. (My favourites: Algernon, Nimrod, and siblings Dolly and Teddy).

twinsetandpearls Sat 07-Feb-09 11:40:34

It is OK and a good intro but could have ben far funnier.

policywonk Sat 07-Feb-09 11:42:44

Thank you twinset.
Hello Isabel!

HeadFairy Sat 07-Feb-09 11:44:22

Well, it's the FT, they don't do funny do they? (apart from reporting the state of the economy, that's hilarious... oh no, hang on a minute... )

princessmel Sat 07-Feb-09 11:45:00

agree TAP .

MitchyInge Sat 07-Feb-09 11:46:45

heh, from

The topics Isabel Berwick mentions most:
boden bouncers farm britain british cbeebies children factor feather down farm henry horrid horrid henry london nikk peplow quinn rainbow magic simon the happy campers tv us

Based on 7 articles published in 14 news websites since May 2008.

StewieGriffinsMom Sat 07-Feb-09 11:49:12

Message withdrawn

Jux Sat 07-Feb-09 11:54:21

Well, Ms Berwick won't be invited to my dinner parties any time soon. Dull dull dull.

(She'll stop lurking and stalk me now!)

Hassled Sat 07-Feb-09 12:04:21

PW - I had that "you've already seen 3 articles" thing as well, and so was forced to register. The articles I've apparently read clearly hadn't registered - I have no memory of them.

MitchyInge Sat 07-Feb-09 12:06:59

probably from all following the same link

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