Has mumsnet mates gone?

(47 Posts)
Nerfmother Tue 25-Jun-13 19:48:09

Can't find it anywhere? Can't add anyone

Nerfmother Tue 25-Jun-13 21:00:08

Have they gone?

BIWI Tue 25-Jun-13 21:00:44

Does anyone actually use this? I had no idea!

Nerfmother Wed 26-Jun-13 06:48:13

Yes I had people to show photos to rather than just generally to everyone. Can't find it now has it gone?

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 26-Jun-13 10:02:41

Hello. Yes, we took the link away because it was broken - and therefore unhelpful.

You could make folks your Mumsnet Mates but the facility to restrict your profile photos so they're only visible to your Mumsnet Mates was disabled aeons ago (after a little bit of an outcry on the boards).

So, as making someone your Mumsnet Mate is now something that has no practical application at all any more, we took the link down.

Hope that makes sense!

wigglesrock Wed 26-Jun-13 10:14:20

Can I ask - I used Mumsnet mates to show members of my postnatal group photos. I used it quite a lot. Are the photos that I had on my profile which previously only my named Mumsnet mates could see now visible to all?

Nerfmother Wed 26-Jun-13 12:36:09

Oh good question- I used it to show my fellow grey ladies the progress with my hair!
Thanks for the explanation, shame though.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 26-Jun-13 12:43:42

wigglesrock

Can I ask - I used Mumsnet mates to show members of my postnatal group photos. I used it quite a lot. Are the photos that I had on my profile which previously only my named Mumsnet mates could see now visible to all?

Unless I'm mistaken <quite possible> the facility to restrict pics on your profile to Mumsnet Mates hasn't worked for quite a while.

But you've got me worried now, so I will double-check for you.

wigglesrock Wed 26-Jun-13 13:11:48

I probably haven't put up pics for ages but I'm just curious as to what has happened to the pics already there.

Obviously my profile was public so that my Mumsnet mates could see them, but until I read this thread my profile was still public as I've no other info on it at all.

My query is that could everyone see my photos when Mumsnet Mates was done away with?

Nerfmother Wed 26-Jun-13 13:22:12

Argh I hope not!

Oh no Helen!

I really don't want my pictures visible to all. I'd made them mn mates only. So now I think I'll have to delete them...

wigglesrock Wed 26-Jun-13 13:44:19

Sorry Helen, another question - did I miss the sticky, pm, e-mail that told posters this was happening?

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 26-Jun-13 13:53:10

MrsCosmopilite

Oh no Helen!

I really don't want my pictures visible to all. I'd made them mn mates only. So now I think I'll have to delete them...

Well I know. That's why we took the link away: we didn't want folk thinking they were restricting viewing of them when they weren't.

Saying all that, we do need to be SURE we're right about Mumsnet Mates not working.

I can see your profile pics, MrsCosmopilite. Did you think they were only visible to your Mumsnet Mates?

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 26-Jun-13 13:54:22

wigglesrock

Sorry Helen, another question - did I miss the sticky, pm, e-mail that told posters this was happening?

There wasn't one, wigglesrock. We thought (obviously wrongly) that as it didn't work, no one would be using it.

I am also very upset (if it is the case) that on my profile pics it says to me that I have some only visible to mumsnet mates when anyone can see them! Another privacy issue that MN has fallen down on, I have already had a problem with private messaging reverting to a nn I had changed from angry. How are you supposed to know a marker such as "visible to mumsnet mates only" isn't working if no one tells you angry? Any why would you take it away anyway! It's very useful?

wigglesrock Wed 26-Jun-13 13:59:33

Yes but the photos were already there when MN decided to get rid of Mates. If I had have went recently to put photos up I would have realised. It simply didn't occur to me that I had to check my profile page, I'm never on it.

The reason you can see posters photos is because the profile was set to public as we thought the photos were private.

Exactly wiggles, MN has made photos public that were, as far as posters were aware, private!

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 26-Jun-13 14:07:05

Sleepwhenidie

I am also very upset (if it is the case) that on my profile pics it says to me that I have some only visible to mumsnet mates when anyone can see them! Another privacy issue that MN has fallen down on, I have already had a problem with private messaging reverting to a nn I had changed from angry. How are you supposed to know a marker such as "visible to mumsnet mates only" isn't working if no one tells you angry? Any why would you take it away anyway! It's very useful?

We're very sorry. We honestly didn't know the link was still there until recently.

The Mumsnet Mates thing was conceived - and I believe mothballed - a long time ago (before my time, certainly).

We only saw the link - and realised it was linking to a facility that doesn't exist - a little while ago.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 26-Jun-13 14:10:15

I'll also try to find out what exactly happened to Mumsnet Mates - and if it's possible to reinstate it (working properly), should folks want it.

So basically it is only worth having a profile, and/or photos if you want them to be completely public....I think you need to make this very clear immediately as I for one thought that photos I put up only about three months ago were only available to certain people, I would prefer they were completely private! Really shocking that this has happened. angry

Nerfmother Wed 26-Jun-13 14:16:12

Are my photos visible to everyone? I have a sensitive job and don't want to be identified!

Yes they will be nerfmother, not only did MN take away the function of making them visible only to mates (without telling anyone), they made them revert to fully public rather than private angry

Nerfmother Wed 26-Jun-13 14:20:10

Can you check? And let me know? I'll have to work out how to remove them on my phone. Eek.

Nerfmother Wed 26-Jun-13 14:20:32

And if I do work with or for you can you keep it quiet grin

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 26-Jun-13 14:21:52

Sleepwhenidie

Yes they will be nerfmother, not only did MN take away the function of making them visible only to mates (without telling anyone), they made them revert to fully public rather than private angry

No I don't think that's true, Sleepwhenidie.

We rectified a problem that was making it look as though photos were only displaying to Mumsnet Mates when they're weren't.

Basically, from what I understand, the function of making them visible only to mates hasn't worked for ages. We are checking on that, though.

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