So what's this Mumsnet Mates thing on our profiles all about?

(19 Posts)
ScrambledSmegs Mon 25-Mar-13 10:42:09

Is it for anything? Or is it the germ of an idea that wasn't fully fleshed out? Or something else?

Enquiring minds wanna know...

PeachActiviaMinge Mon 25-Mar-13 10:44:53

I have no idea but you have an absolutely fab username! grin

ScrambledSmegs Mon 25-Mar-13 10:48:39

Why thank you Peach grin. I sense there is a story behind your username. Would you like to tell us?

<waits patiently>

wink

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 25-Mar-13 10:58:51

Morning, morning.

Weeeeeeeell, it was something dreamt up many a moon ago when Profiles first went live.

The idea was that some folks might not want their profile pics to be visible to EVERYONE on MN; that they might prefer instead to limit viewings to just a few MNers.

So, you could make some folks your MN Mates - and then, if you wanted to, set your profile pics so only your MN Mates could see them.

If I remember correctly (was a tad before my MNHQ time), there was then a bit of a robust objection to this, on the grounds that it would create little cliques and those who weren't in one group of MN Mates or another would feel sad/excluded/angry/all of the above. So it was ditched.

But, it appears the "make these people your Mumsnet Mates" bit in My Mumsnet was never nixed oh how efficient and joined-up we are!

We'll take a look at that now.

ScrambledSmegs Mon 25-Mar-13 11:49:23

Oh, I see. Thanks Helen.

grin at 'robust objection'. Is there any other kind of objection on MN?

EggsitPursuedByAChocolateBunny Mon 25-Mar-13 11:55:19

I can do lily-livered objection.

<whines a bit>

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 25-Mar-13 11:55:24

ScrambledSmegs

Oh, I see. Thanks Helen.

grin at 'robust objection'. Is there any other kind of objection on MN?

Well, we tend to classify them as Robust, Very Robust, Super Robust, and Run For The Hills, each with different allotted quantities of accompanying gin.

PeachActiviaMinge Mon 25-Mar-13 11:56:20

Weeellll a certain user (not naming names <cough>bupcakes) admitted to dealing with a bad case of thrush by treating it with yogurt just not any old yogurt oh no peach activia was deemed the best yogurt by this poor user to treat her thrush so I had to steal it. I believe however she registered the username of "TheRealPeachActiviaMinge" grin

Maryz Mon 25-Mar-13 11:57:40

Oh, no don't get rid of it.

I have collected a few mates with useful profiles now, so when I'm bored I can instantly click and see where they are and follow them around whinging talk to them.

I have decided I like it.

Of course, I don't have a profile [gimmer], so no-one can find me [evil cackle]

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 25-Mar-13 12:00:23

Maryz

Oh, no don't get rid of it.

I have collected a few mates with useful profiles now, so when I'm bored I can instantly click and see where they are and follow them around whinging talk to them.

I have decided I like it.

Of course, I don't have a profile [gimmer], so no-one can find me [evil cackle]

Aha, maybe that's why we kept it <perks up>

Do namechanges follow you through Mumsnet Mates? Most of my name changes are harmless (e.g. seasonal) but every so often I NC to post something that I don't want to be identifiable IYSWIM.

And so if people (ok, one person) have added me to their Mates list as HeartsEggsDiamonds then what will happen when I change back to HeartsTrumpDiamonds after Easter?

[bit thick emoticon]

Maryz Mon 25-Mar-13 15:14:02

No Hearts, it doesn't tell your mates your new name.

I checked that out last night.

MintyyAeroEgg Mon 25-Mar-13 15:15:48

Am I one of your mates Mary thanks?

wigglesrock Mon 25-Mar-13 19:34:54

I use Mumsnet Mates on my postnatal club. I like putting up photos of the baby etc but just so people on my thread can see. You wouldn't be talking about getting rid of that - would you? smile

Maryz Mon 25-Mar-13 20:42:28

You are now, Mintyy. grin

I only have about two, but will get around to a few more once this silly Easter namey time is over.

Maryz Mon 25-Mar-13 20:44:03

But it's a bit of a problem for the likes of Honey/Weasel/Lederhosen etc. Every time people like that change names, presumably you have to re-enter them.

I wonder is it possible to have, say, Mintyy and MintyyAeroEgg both as mates? Though I see MintyyAeroEgg doesn't have a profile, so isn't accessible anyway.

<confuses self>

JenFreggle Mon 25-Mar-13 21:08:09

Smegs! <grabs Smegs in a big bear hug>

ScrambledSmegs Mon 25-Mar-13 23:09:16

Mffffwhmphh!

<extricates self>

Jen, I love your hugs, but for the love of god remember to let me breathe, m'kay grin

Sorry I've been a bit rubbish, I've kind of got out of the habit of the post-natal threads. Will pop by soon and try to catch up. Hope your DD is feeling better now, and your hair is nice and clean!

Thanks Maryz. Good idea about waiting til after Easter.

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