'Just found out I've a daugther called Hannah' blog discussion

This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.
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  • jessilu1
    jessilu1 Posts: 12,641 Forumite
    That's disgraceful.

    It's always been a source of concern top me that anyone can write anything at all on Wiki and have it taken as fact, by the masses.

    We're used to lies in the newspapers and magazines, but so many of ''wrongly'' believe everything we read on the great world wide web!!
    Knowledge is often mistaken for intelligence. This is like mistaking a cup of milk for the whole cow.
  • GeorgeUK
    GeorgeUK Posts: 7,737 Forumite
    Any chance of getting compensation from this? To put towards the new nursery...
    After falling off the gambling wagon (twice): £33,600 (24,000+ 9,600) - Original CC Debt: £7,885.91

    Dad Gift 6k ¦ Savings & Inv Tst: £2,500
    Loan 10k: £0 ¦ Dad 5.5k: £2,270 ¦ LTSB: £0 ¦ RBS: £0 ¦ Virgin £0 ¦ Egg £0

    Total Owed: £2,270 (+6k) 11/08/2011
  • you can never believe anything you read on Wiki as its edited by anyone - they still have a duty to be accurate, but its pretty impossible for them to police everything.

    I know when i am looking for information, i never look at wiki, as you cannot trust it
    Willow: I knew it, I knew it, well not in the sense of having the slightest idea, but I knew there was something I didn't know!
  • Mischa
    Mischa Posts: 104 Forumite
    I agree! Hannah wouldn't make a very good name for a boy! ;-) It's strange how the media can create such specualtion from a simply construed 'story'. We can only hope that it does not effect your marriage and that you can laugh at the ridiculousness of it all!
  • This is another example of how the news media never let the truth get in the way of the story they write.

    If they can be this inaccurate with the simple matter of a birth of a child, what hope do we have for accuracy and honesty with the big news stories, i.e. politics, war, natural disasters etc.
  • Larumbelle
    Larumbelle Posts: 2,140 Forumite

    Sense that you see the funny side of this, and good on you! It's all down to quality control - if you can't believe all you read in the papers, you can believe what you read in the Indie even less, and Wikis not at all.

    Still, surely you can't criticise any article that refers to you as "the Dumbledore of debt"?!?!

    You have to laugh or you'll cry (or develop paranoia). My OH was... well, not famous, or even moderately well known in his youth, but just barely recognised as someone who was in something once (no, I don't wish to share!). As such his name pops up online now and then, and from time to time we still get calls. My mum is the worst.I got used to panicked calls of this nature.
    HER: Is xxxxxxx on drugs?
    ME: No! What on earth makes you ask?
    HER: Oh nothing. Just that next door neighbour's daughter's hairdresser's cousin's best friend reckons he's a heroin addict. She googled him and that's what someone on the internet said.
    ME: No, mother, I promise he doesn't do drugs.
    HER: (voice lowered) Are you sure you'd even know darling? Do you know what signs to look out for?
    ME: :eek: :doh: :wall:
  • Your friends and family know the truth, who cares what anyone else thinks?
  • wok_boy
    wok_boy Posts: 759 Forumite
    Shows how much research some journalists do.
    BR 4/10/07
    ED 11/04/08

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  • mum2one
    mum2one Posts: 16,279 Forumite
    Xmas Saver!
    Thats unbelievable, ok it may be on wiki, but it could upset a lot more people.

    I have a dd whos nearly 8, were estrangled from her father and his family, a very weird incidnent happened, a friend of mine down South, her ex-boyfriend (he's in his 50s...), swore in court that my daughters father was his ex-best friend, this is a bloke I only met once (my friends ex), the so called father is someone I have known for about 12 years but don't see him that often, this rippeled as the supposed father was married at the time that dd was concieved, and I wasn't even in the area, his mother rang my friend in tears thinking that she had a grandaughter who she had never met, hes threatening to ask for parental responsibility........

    I have just come back from a holiday in that area, and was asked by 6 people was it right that xx was dd's dad,

    OK, one simple dna test would put a stop to it, should he go down that route, one fickle lie - esp in court, whilst I fully sympathise with Martin and his wife as his entry is on wilkpi, don't these people realise what effects this could have.
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
  • mum2one
    mum2one Posts: 16,279 Forumite
    Xmas Saver!
    Your friends and family know the truth, who cares what anyone else thinks?

    The thing is whilst they know the thruth its the ripple effect that can cause more issues.
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
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