I know people like to change for privacy reasons but it just cause misery with people name changing to cause shit.
And the new button down there V makes it possible for someone to really easily sock puppet. I don't see the point in it really.
You have not allowed name changing in the mumsnet local site, however you do still permit users to namechange on request. I wondered if there were plans to introduce that here or if it would cause outrage (who am I kidding, if course it will).
Oh I love the fact that you can namechange. I namechange all the time. Sometimes for privacy reasons, sometimes because I fancy it, sometimes to be funny, sometimes because I'm bored. I have NC'd hundreds of times.
If people want to post shit and cause trouble, they'll find a way regardless. I don't think they should make namechanging impossible or difficult just because Trolly McTroll has an easier time of it. Why cater to their warped behaviours? I truly think after years of MNing that whatever you do, they find a way and all you can do is not give more of yourself than you can afford to lose and to try and remember that you don't know who anybody actually is. I mean, you might not be called Clothilde at all in real life OP but I choose to believe you are as it Makes Sense.
I didn't know you couldn't do that on the desktop site. I never use that any more as the mobile site is so much better and cleaner.
I think the fact that MNHQ have decided not to allow people to namechange means they may possibly regret allowing it on this site. I reckon it causes all sorts of shit.
I know troublemaking tossers will find a way to be twattish no matter what, but to namechange before was a royal pain in the arse. So if you wanted to sockpuppet to either support yourself or to gang up on a poster you had to be pretty dedicated. Now you don't even have to think about it.
I think so many people posted that they felt hounded and attacked on Mumsnet (thread yesterday about bullying) I think a restriction on namechanging would be a good idea, tbh. Or at least limit to the names you have already got or something.
It's not that hard to namechange though. I can still only do it the old way as I don't MN on any kind of new-fangled whatsit. You click on My Mumsnet, change your name, enter password and ta-da, takes all of 30 seconds.
Namechanging is a part of tradition here. Hi-jinks on threads, seasonal namechanges, larks and giggles. I'd be royally pee'd off if they restricted namechanging. It's like punishing the whole class because Trolly StBridge has deliberately shat in the reading corner again.
Yes, the namechanging japes are funny and you're right that it is part of mumsnet.
MNHQ would never change it would they. They would cower at the onslaught of the combined rage. Christ I remember when they changed the site and made active convos stripy. Threads and threads of I DONT LIIIIIIIIIKE IT for days.
I've namechanged previously for various reasons. The main reason I namechanged is because I was really, really struggling with a lot of things and I know people on here in rl so wanted to keep it private but ask for advice at the same time. If I hadn't been able to namechange, I wouldn't have asked for advice for fear of being recognised and would probably still be struggling. It's a fantastic feature and you can most of the time spot the trolls anyway.
Nooooo. I don't like the mobile site. I accidentally saw it once. I don't like change.
FIL has some morphine. I'll send you some if you want. He keeps it hidden in a drawer. I warn you though, I was given morphine during labour and it did two things. My bp went through the floor and I started having hallucinations and passing out until they gave me something to fix it. Also, the morphine itch. Oh dear God. Imagine the worst itch you've ever had. Now imagine it's under your skin all over, particularly in your face, somewhere behind your nose and it's burning and burning and you can't get to it and you need to tear off your nose.
Nah, morphine's crap.
When I had ds, the postnatal stay was lovely. Staff were all great, felt really cared for and special, everything was clean and I didn't have to do it. They brought chocolate and biscuits round for no reason and I was craving custard so they found some and made me a huge bowl several times. I don't want another baby really though and I don't want to be ill so not sure a hospital stay is on the cards. I'd pay to stay on that postnatal ward again though. I'll have a baby for you if you want. I'll hide the morphine in my bag for later too if you want? Just one baby mind. I like you but I have my limits.
At the moment, there are no plans to disallow namechanging on the main board; it's something we've always allowed users to do (so long as they aren't doing it to mislead), and we think it's one of the things that sets us a little bit apart from other sites. So far, we think the measure of privacy and security (and harmless mucking about) it can provide outweighs the drawbacks - although, of course, nothing posted on a public website is ever truly private or secure. As ever though, we're more than happy to listen to feedback if you think we're getting it wrong.
Without giving too much away, it's usually very easy for us to spot when someone is namechanging to mislead on a thread - so please hit 'report' if you want us to check something out.
The reasons for not allowing namechanging on Local sites are a bit specific - we outline them in more detail here.
And the reasons we're allowing mobile site users to namechange a little more easily are outlined here.
We do realise this looks a bit contradictory on the surface but we like to think that's part of our charm <hopeful face>