Is pming Mners asking them to take part in research allowed?

(8 Posts)
Fimbo Sat 15-Dec-12 21:45:43

D'oh just found the report button on the inbox. Have sent. Thanks.

Fimbo Sat 15-Dec-12 21:42:54

Sorry I did this then had a crisis in rl. How do I report this Olivia can you see my inbox or can I forward the message from it to you?

OliviaPeaceOnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Dec-12 21:53:47

It was LOVELY
Happy Hol-Lowe-days grin

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Thu 13-Dec-12 21:15:44

Olivia! Did you see my gift to you in the 'why can't we quote' thread?!?! It was very very speshul.

::suck up::

grin

OliviaPeaceOnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Dec-12 20:13:29

Fimbo

"as a former nursery worker". Now given I haven't worked in a playgroup for about 3 years and that I am rarely on here these days, they must have been trawling through threads. I thought this kind of thing was not allowed but maybe I am wrong?

Absolutely not. There is even something within the PM system that tells folk not to do this. We realise it's completely intrusive. Please do report won't you fimbo?
Thanks
MNHQ

madwomanintheattic Thu 13-Dec-12 17:23:15

I have done it on another forum. blush once.

It was completely opportunistic, I was on the talk boards, and someone had The. Most. Amazing life situation, and I was coincidentally advertising for a research subject in the area without much luck (I kept getting folk call, but it was a sensitive subject and they would usually bottle). I sent a pm and explained everything, included my full rl contact details, apologised hugely for contacting them in such way, and explained my interest. We have met up several times now, and it really was a one-off, I just read the situation and my head exploded. grin I knew I had to talk to that one person specifically. grin it was the most perfect combination. Truly serendipitous. grin We discussed participation via email, then telephone, and then arranged for the first interview at the sponsoring university. After that, once we had established an rl status, we met in various places that were convenient to the participant.

I'm sure that you were a great nursery nurse and have valid input to whatever they are whatever for, but mn prefer researchers to post a call for participants on the media/ non members area, even if they are members... Personal approaches are not generally de rigour and are a bit spammy.

I got away with it by flattery - there really only was one person in that situation, and it was mutually appreciated by both parties that the alliance was beneficial to all concerned. I'm not so sure that your circumstance would have made it so appealing to break with protocol...

It's probably the only time I'll ever do it. And I would have backed off instantly if the response had been 'no ta.' I would have been gutted. But it was one single participant for an in depth analysis, not some crappy survey thang that's all about the numbers, or someone looking for an easy way to get quotes for an essay. I very much doubt that any research that has passed an ethics committe had 'send personal messages to complete strangers' in their proposal.

I'm a total hypocrite, really. grin

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Thu 13-Dec-12 16:39:18

No, definitely not. Report them to HQ!

Fimbo Thu 13-Dec-12 16:38:23

"as a former nursery worker". Now given I haven't worked in a playgroup for about 3 years and that I am rarely on here these days, they must have been trawling through threads. I thought this kind of thing was not allowed but maybe I am wrong?

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