Having a clear out

(24 Posts)
Maisydaisy34 Wed 10-Oct-12 17:48:01

I nc'ed yesterday....though not before being told that the name I'd picked was taken about 8 times!
I must admit I've nc a few times lately (someone in RL knows I use MN)
But can we not volunteer up our old names that we no longer plan on using?
Or maybe there could be an option on registration to say we no longer need these names...and a generic email sent to those who haven't logged on for a long period of time?
Could it happen?? Would anyone give up their old names?

There has been a name amnesty in the past but I think it was hard work iirc.

I really want to be able to shorten to mike but it's taken by someone who I don't think has ever posted sad

Maisydaisy34 Wed 10-Oct-12 17:50:31

Also do you keep your name on MN even if you Havnt logged on in say over a year or two?

Maisydaisy34 Wed 10-Oct-12 17:52:52

Ooo a name amnesty would be good, they should do one every 6 months or once a year,
I would also like a shorter username because I'm not witty enough to think of a really funny name

lljkk Wed 10-Oct-12 19:34:52

That's funny, sometimes I'd like a very very long name, like
"My children are toe rags and I'm drinking too much wine"
But it's just a tad beyond the allowed limits. smile

UltraBOF Wed 10-Oct-12 19:36:45

They can't do the name amnesty ever again because it sent them all batshit with stress, apparently. I think adjusting mentioned it in the recent webchat.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 10-Oct-12 19:38:46

The problem with a name amnesty is what happens to all the posts you made under your old name(s)?

OliviaLMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 10-Oct-12 19:39:10

UltraBOF

They can't do the name amnesty ever again because it sent them all batshit with stress, apparently. I think adjusting mentioned it in the recent webchat.

<batshit> <batshit><batshit><batshit><batshit><batshit><batshit><batshit><batshit><batshit><batshit>
<wibble>

JenFrankenstein Wed 10-Oct-12 20:28:27

If you mention it then you get put on the list

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 10-Oct-12 20:33:21

From what I remember the NN amnesty made Tech's balls ache tremendously sad

Can they just give up the names that have never been used?

I really want Mike. I don't want to name change completely but there are certain threads where my normal name isn't appropriate.

ShirleyRots Wed 10-Oct-12 20:51:38

I want Shirls.

Maybe we should tantrum ask nicely shirls.

JenFrankenstein Wed 10-Oct-12 21:03:36

Maybe it would help if you had sent Justine a bribe birthday present

ShirleyRots Wed 10-Oct-12 21:03:50

<slumps on to floor>
<floppy>
<FLOPPY>
<RIGID>

Pllllleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaasssssssseeeeeeeeeeee mnhq

I can make Justine a birthday cake or just buy lots of gin

JenFrankenstein Wed 10-Oct-12 21:30:47

She's got a lovely pair dontcha know

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Thu 11-Oct-12 12:24:59

What about an option in Nickname History to 'delete this name'?

What would happen to posts under those names though?

I think used names are harder to sort out than unused ones.

lljkk Thu 11-Oct-12 13:32:16

I like a "delete NN" option.
MNHQ could colour code the posts to imply it's a defunct registration.
Just like they should colour code OP posts that are more than 4 months old to help alert us to zombie threads <<tapping foot impatiently>>

Maisydaisy34 Thu 11-Oct-12 16:55:21

A few of the names I've used have only been used in chat so try would disappear anyway but lljk's idea is a good one
C'mon Olivia don't put me on the list lets have a name amnesty, if not for me do it for the.....ummm....children?

Maisydaisy34 Thu 11-Oct-12 16:58:40

On a serious note though do companies make names available again after the user hasn't logged on for a period of time?
What will the people of the future do for usernames?
2012: maisydaisy34
2024: m415y.._?!d415y//:£145696740llll@"!:!/!(&(

MaryZed Thu 11-Oct-12 17:04:19

Absy got Absy.

How did she do that? It was one of the "taken but never used" names.

How did you manage that abs?

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