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To name change again!!!! reasons for doing so

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amazonchick Mon 10-Jan-11 20:03:46

I have been a member on mumsnet since 2002 and I have just changed names for the hundrenth time.

Normally it's because I have posted too much infomation on myself and do not want to run the risk of being found out in RL.

I wondered if other people frequently name change or prefer to stay the same to build up an online persona.

I obviously know lots of names from over the years but no-one will know who I am.

CuppaTeaJanice Mon 10-Jan-11 20:09:51

I have my main CuppaTeaJanice name which I use most of the time. Sometimes I change it to another beverage for special occasions (Christmas etc) or just for fun.

I have one other name which I use when I need advice on embarrassing stuff. I don't use it very often though.

As far as I know though, nobody in real life knows my MN name, although they know I use MN.

CuppaTeaJanice Mon 10-Jan-11 20:11:03

I had been on Mumsnet for at least 2 years before I worked out how to namechange though!! blush

AgentZigzag Mon 10-Jan-11 20:15:09

I like my online name, weirdly it feels like a part of me when I see it.

I don't bother changing it, not because I want to build up a persona, but I have no reason to really.

Although, saying that, I have changed it to something else when I've posted a couple of personal things, just in case anyone did ever recognise me from my waffle.

CameronCook Mon 10-Jan-11 20:16:18

Yes I do - whenever I post anything that might identify me I always name change.

What I didn't realise is that you can literally just name change - I used to set up a new e-mail address and then set up a whole new Mumsnet talk profile account thingy. blush

SheWillBeLoved Mon 10-Jan-11 20:17:13

I'd love to name change just for the hell of it, but it never seems to bloody save hmm MNHQ are as baffled by it as I am.

pranma Mon 10-Jan-11 20:19:23

I dont know how to name change can anyone tell me please

altinkum Mon 10-Jan-11 20:22:10

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Serendippy Mon 10-Jan-11 20:23:57

Cameron I have namechanged hundreds of times <exaggerating emoticon> and have always done it your way! Think have been Serendippy for quite a while, am fairly recognisable by all the little things put together but never ever post things such as:

AIBU to not want to go to my sister's wedding? She is called Jane Smith and the Wedding is at St John's Church on Sat 7th November. She is having 14 bridesmaids and purple flowers. Her invitations had a pcture of 2 dogs on them, etc etc.

How can people post things like this and think anything will remain anonymous? Even if the bride didn't read it, one of the 14 bridesmaids guests could.

So am never that stupid.

TrillianAstra Mon 10-Jan-11 20:24:40

I like being "me" and being recognised as me.

AFAIK only DP knows my MN name (and MNers). Most RL people wouldn't ever suspect I was on MN in a million years so wouldn't be looking for me.

amazonchick Mon 10-Jan-11 20:24:46

Pranma, go to my mumsnet and then registration details. You can change there.

amazonchick Mon 10-Jan-11 20:25:23

Trillian I agree with you grin

AgentZigzag Mon 10-Jan-11 20:26:09

Just from memory pranma, go to mymumsnet at the top, sign in, go into registration details, change name, save, et voila smile

TrillianAstra Mon 10-Jan-11 20:27:42

sssssshh amazonchick wink

AB12 Mon 10-Jan-11 20:30:21

I namechange fairly often, as I post alot of private stuff on this board and so do not want people who might clue in to who i am looking up my name and seeing my entire posting history. I built up a proper profile once, but then realised that someone who i would have rather not know who I was had clocked me. As I had been asking for quite personal medical advice it was a bad thing to have been clocked.

Now, as mentioned in a previous thread, I namechange every week. If posting something very personal, then I will use a name just for that thread.

Rollmops Mon 10-Jan-11 20:37:13

No-one cares. Really.
Enjoy the next hundred.


AgentZigzag Mon 10-Jan-11 20:38:29

It's nice to see you care enough to post though rollmops.

Got nothing else on?

notinmypocket Mon 10-Jan-11 20:39:15

I only name changed after my first few months on here. My original name was a bit blah and after just lurking, decided to get a bit more involved and wanted a different name.
I don't mind being recognized, even have a picture on my profile, so not much hiding there.
Have to admit though that if I'd be looking for advice for a more serious or delicate subject, I would change name.

thegreylady Tue 11-Jan-11 11:57:58

Ok this is pranma just seeing if it works-if it does I am off to change it back again

Hullygully Tue 11-Jan-11 11:59:20

Namechanging is an abomination. How are we suppose to know who anyone is?


ShowOfHands Tue 11-Jan-11 12:02:46

I namechange aaaaalll the time. Adds an air of mystery I couldn't hope to achieve otherwise.

rpickett Tue 11-Jan-11 12:03:14

How do you name change? stupid question I know but your posts have made me relise how reconisable my username is to my RL friends and family.

Hullygully Tue 11-Jan-11 12:04:10

Yeah, Show, but you always tell everyone. (Don't you?) <worried and discombobulated now>

ShowOfHands Tue 11-Jan-11 12:05:16

Nope. I sometimes tell people. I've namechanged over 100 times. I'm usually Show though.

Hullygully Tue 11-Jan-11 12:06:24

<faints> No wonder there's no time for singing and dancing. <cross thread fertilization for hybrid vigour and extra destraction>

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