Where do you stand on multiple name changing?

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SugarSkully Sun 24-Aug-14 20:52:31

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WineWineWine Sun 24-Aug-14 20:56:13

How do you know they are posting on the same thread under different names?

SugarSkully Sun 24-Aug-14 20:57:59

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Maryz Sun 24-Aug-14 20:59:53

It can be quite confusing when you are carrying on a conversation with someone and they name-change mid-thread but don't say so.

I too have no problem with namechanging for security reasons, or for embarrassing threads, or for seasonal reasons, but there are a few posters who seem to have more names than I have hot dinners confused

I wonder should there be a limit on how many active ones you can have, or how many different ones you can post with on a single day?

TeaAndALemonTart Sun 24-Aug-14 21:05:15

I think it should be limited, it's getting ridiculous.

I think a maximum limit would be better. How many NN does anyone need-really?

I keep getting the feeling I may know who I am talking to but not quite sure IYKWIM.

I believe not all forums allow N/C as freely as MN do?

FreeSpiritsBadAttitude Sun 24-Aug-14 21:10:20

Aside from sock puppetting, why is it so bad?

I'm a regular poster of four years, I change constantly (after being outed at the very beginning). Does it matter that you don't know who I am? Isn't that the point?

I don't know who anyone really is whether they N/C or not, but it's nice to 'recognise' people that you have stuff in common with and share the same opinions with when you post on threads.
I think it helps to make this place more of a community.

The other upside is you know who to avoid too.

thereturnofshoesy Sun 24-Aug-14 21:16:14

unless mn hq make a stand and stop people being hounded. I don't see how they can expect people to not NC
but I don't think imo it is good form to post on a thread under more than one name.

PetiteRaleuse Sun 24-Aug-14 21:21:24

I have several names (mainly just the two) that I use or have used for different parts of the site. Partly for anonymity purposes, partly just because. Never to sock puppet/troll or just be goady.

As long as different names aren't used for those purposes I don't see a problem.

scousadelic Sun 24-Aug-14 21:24:53

I namechange regularly, mainly because friends IRL know I am on here and I would hate to out myself. I have no desire to be "known" on here

I did also have an episode a while ago where someone took exception to an opinion I posted on a thread and was quite unpleasant on that thread (to the point I had several PMs from others sympathising) but also began appearing on other threads with snarky comments. It made me feel quite uncomfortable and I was glad of the ability to namechange

I have on the odd occasion posted on a thread I was on under a previous name but it is rare and I do agree that is a bit weird

HumblePieMonster Sun 24-Aug-14 21:29:00

I've had a lot of names on mn. I try not to post on a thread in different names but if a thread goes on a long time, it might happen.

Mintyy Sun 24-Aug-14 21:33:08

I think namechanging causes most of the problems on Mumsnet.

I post on one other forum. You can only namechange in absolutely exceptional circumstances and you have to email admin who may or may not agree to it. The whole process can take weeks.

LoofahVanDross Sun 24-Aug-14 21:34:36

I've had simply loads and loads of different names. Some are just what came to my head and thought yeah i'll have that one and other times when I've posted loads under a name I just change it through boredom. I don't sockpuppet. And I'm sure there are loads the same as me.
I don't have a problem with it.

todayisnottheday Sun 24-Aug-14 21:35:42

I nc a lot after my posts were used in family court (no it didn't help, judge recognised the knobdom at 500yrds). I've been here about 11 years so I imagine that will be a large number of names. I'd be very upset if I was told I could no longer help protect myself because some people find threads hard to follow! Surely personal privacy whilst allowing access to mn support network outweighs a bit of sock puppeting? hmm

SugarSkully Sun 24-Aug-14 21:39:02

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thereturnofshoesy Sun 24-Aug-14 21:41:31

i can't see why anyone would need to do that, I can only imagine they are not acting"in the spirit" of mn

expatinscotland Sun 24-Aug-14 21:42:58

What Maryz said. I think it needs to be limited and/or go through HQ for it.

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Sun 24-Aug-14 21:45:08

I've name changed 3 or 4 times, as I've tried out different NNs in order to find on that is 'me'. I like my current one for now.

I've also got an alternative NN that is used only for when I comment on a thread where the subject under discussion is related to my profession as it is very specialised. I find it useful that I can name change for this and I always that that I have done so.

I have no idea who else name changes, or how anyone keeps up with name changes undertaken by others confused.

expatinscotland Sun 24-Aug-14 22:13:50

Just on a thread now where, about 15 posts in, it appears the OP has NC'd.

WTAF?

TeaAndALemonTart Sun 24-Aug-14 22:29:30

It's ridiculous isn't it Expat?

HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs Sun 24-Aug-14 22:39:05

This sort of discussion always makes me wonder: how on earth would you recognise anyone?! Would it be if you were a regular poster on one specific board?
Otherwise, just... How??

It's hard to explain Home but you just can sometimes. Very often there are certain topics that the N/C poster is drawn to and you just know they will always appear. Things like that, and without realising it posting styles become familiar.

todayisnottheday Sun 24-Aug-14 23:28:07

Sugar, I was directing my hmm at the idea of giving a maximum number of changes as that wouldn't allow for "normal" nc over a long period of time like I've done - tyvm.

LoofahVanDross Mon 25-Aug-14 14:42:41

which thread is it that is currently running with the op changing half way through? Let's all go for a nosey grin

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