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JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 11-May-05 12:55:47

Hi all,
We've had a few complaints about obscene language on the boards. Our policy on this is that we would appreciate it if people would keep foul and abusive language to a minimum and that if you feel it necessary to swear to make your point then use asterisks please - as some of you may remember Tech did try to automate this once but it caused havoc as the programme deleted all sorts of legit words that contained an abusive one .

Anyway we don't want to be over-prudish about this - we're not talking minor offenses here - and sometimes (parking attendant, gp receptionist annecdotes etc etc) we agree that nothing else but a swear word will do but it's a fair point that lots of members look at mumsnet with kids who may be early readers at their side and as the saying goes... less is more sometimes, so if you could use your discretion it would be much appreciated.

Ta very much.

Fio2 Wed 11-May-05 12:59:17

does it count for OMG too?

fastasleep Wed 11-May-05 13:05:22

I feel bad now

piffle Wed 11-May-05 13:09:38

I got mocked for using asterisks once by someone, saying why don't you just say it if you mean it instead of faffing around people

fastasleep Wed 11-May-05 13:10:34

Wasn't there a thread called f... f... f...erty f... once? Without the ....'s

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 11-May-05 13:19:45

OMG definitely ranks as minor offence in our book Fio2.

PeterKay Wed 11-May-05 13:22:17

Message deleted by MNHQ. Here's a link to our Talk Guidelines.

fastasleep Wed 11-May-05 13:23:05

PK or should I say DADDYCOOL you sh..... stirrer you!

fastasleep Wed 11-May-05 13:23:29

Ok, so you're fio... I just wanted to say that lol

PeterKay Wed 11-May-05 13:32:31

lol yes its me FIO!!!!

fastasleep Wed 11-May-05 13:35:59

I'm sorry I've got thickyitus.

fairyfly Wed 11-May-05 13:38:39

oh thank god im going, i couldn't do it, its like being told not to shit

fastasleep Wed 11-May-05 13:39:08


JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 11-May-05 13:39:10

Well it's hard isn't it? (no pun intended - whoops). Oral sex is a valid discussion topic and it's fairly impossible to have that discussion without using some fairly descriptive language but it's where that discussion is no longer a discussion but a series of obscene postings that it starts to offend people we think. It's because it's a grey area that we'd rather people used their common sense. If we make up a set of hard and fast rules we suspect we'd spend all our time trying to work out whether they'd been broken .

flum Wed 11-May-05 13:39:15

for forks sake - big girls blousees.

the kids should step away from mummies computer and go to the fridge and fetch her a beer.

flum Wed 11-May-05 13:40:25

going where fairyfly?

fairyfly Wed 11-May-05 13:41:31

im stepping out of cyber world as i begin the process of cloning myslef into a perfect stepford specimen

PeterKay Wed 11-May-05 13:42:05

so there are no banned words as such, but we should try to be more adult and use feck instead

Tortington Wed 11-May-05 13:42:09

weel F*, i am totally scre**ed i won't be able to post again!

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 11-May-05 13:44:30

That's it Peter you've got it - and well done Custardo too - oh and if the odd one slips through well, what the heck, we'll probably pretend we didn't notice.

fairyfly Wed 11-May-05 13:45:05

how about kunt, is that ok?

MartyShameless Wed 11-May-05 13:45:21

Well that's me screwed.

Fluffy Kittens!

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 11-May-05 13:45:27

Did you say you were leaving ?

happymerryberries Wed 11-May-05 13:48:27

No-one will ever post from SCUNThorpe again!
TITtania, will be silent and no-one will be able to say ' If you PRICK me, do I not bleed'

sweetmonkey Wed 11-May-05 13:49:22


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