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to think regulars who name change are cowards?

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ssd Wed 10-Apr-13 18:14:30

whats the bloody point??

are you so scared someone on here wont think you're great anymore?

I can understand name changing if someone has recognized you and is giving you grief, but name changing because you feel like saying something that may annoy others is pathetic

stand by your convictions people!

kinkyfuckery Wed 10-Apr-13 18:16:34

I get it when making some sort of 'confession' that you aren't ready to quite come public about yet, but those who just use it to <whisper> troll - nah, cowardly!

Tee2072 Wed 10-Apr-13 18:16:58


Sparklingbrook Wed 10-Apr-13 18:17:39

I don't understand name changing unless you have said something that outs you totally.

LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 10-Apr-13 18:18:28

I dunno.

I have fairly strong convictions about a couple of controversial things and it does occasionally occur to me it wouldn't be that difficult for someone to recognize me, decide they didn't like my views, and not hire me/want to work with me.

Obviously if you just want to wind people up, it's a bit crap to NC but if you want to debate politics or ethics and they're sensitive subjects, you can't really be blamed for choosing to do it under a name you'll never used again.

Bowlersarm Wed 10-Apr-13 18:19:53

I've never understood it but maybe if they are known in RL under their usual username that would explain it?

TheChaoGoesMu Wed 10-Apr-13 18:20:15

Depends on the reason why. If someone has something personal that they don't want to talk about under their usual name, then its fair enough.

Sparklingbrook Wed 10-Apr-13 18:20:22

I was talking to my Dad today. He was saying about employers checking your FB before employing you. It would be a bit shock if they checked MN. grin

Sparklingbrook Wed 10-Apr-13 18:20:59

YY to embarassing things. But then go back to original name after.

shellbu Wed 10-Apr-13 18:22:19

very odd and can think people only do it for the reasons you say ,every one should stand by what they think not change their names and views to suit , very cowardly .

RustyBear Wed 10-Apr-13 18:22:20

Some people at work, as well as DD, know this name, so I would change if I ever posted about anything personal or about work.

StoickTheVast Wed 10-Apr-13 18:22:33

I name change once every six months or so. Last time was a joke name change on X Factor thread which stuck. Changed to this one last week because I felt like it.

It probably wouldn't take too much for someone who knows me in RL to work out it is me - I have had that happen before, and equally have worked out who people are on here.

AmandaPayneAteTooMuchChocolate Wed 10-Apr-13 18:23:53

I name change. I say things sometimes that are quite recognisable and, if someone does recognise me, I would rather they could look through a few months of posts, not seven years' worth.

I name change for a thread if I want to say something that I would hate someone to recognise me on. Personal questions, health stuff, that kind of thing.

I never name change just to give a controversial view on something.

StoickTheVast Wed 10-Apr-13 18:25:23

Yeah, should say I would never NC just to go 'you're all a bunch of bastards' and run away.

b4bunnies Wed 10-Apr-13 18:25:30

1 - i don't actually care what you think.
2 - there's only one person who reads here who knows who i am, and that person already knows all my opinions.
3 - i've had eight names here, seven of them on a single theme. anyone who wants to find me usually can.
4 - posting on message boards is a leisure activity, it's supposed to be fun. new names are fun.
5 - don't take it so seriously. you don't know these people. they can change their names if they want to.

Sanctimumious Wed 10-Apr-13 18:26:01

I name change all the time to protect my anonymity. Couldn't really give a ^%$£ what you make of it.

I call it cautious and private.

QueenCuntyChops Wed 10-Apr-13 18:27:47

Um. Having had all my posts printed out, sent to my family, used to score points and been generally hounded across the internet, I namechange frequently now.

MN is as far from anonymous as it gets, really. Especially if you're posting regularly with a recognisable name.


YoureAllABunchOfBastards Wed 10-Apr-13 18:28:46

Hmmm - having said that above....

SmellieWellies Wed 10-Apr-13 18:29:04

I name change all the time too- on average once a month, used to be every Monday way back in 2009 when I first started posting!

Cautious and private, that is why. Plus i post alot of personal stuff, and would hate to be outed.

Plus- DH has an ex who has stalked him in the past- restraining orders, the whole bit, and i am worried she might be on MN and recognise me, but still do not see why i have to lurk.

Sparklingbrook Wed 10-Apr-13 18:29:33

It all depends what you post.

Sanctimumious Wed 10-Apr-13 18:30:02

Yes, I've had a bad experience with somebody who took it upon herself to out me. (She thought I deserved it) It was to punish me for posts she didn't like. There are some crazies who should know better.

MN won't let us delete our old posts, so we've no control over what's up here. Best policy is to name change very frequently imo

SayMama Wed 10-Apr-13 18:30:57

What b4 said ^^

BOF Wed 10-Apr-13 18:31:26

I think it's sensible rather than cowardly. Has something particularly upset you?

DireRear Wed 10-Apr-13 18:31:43

I have NC (today, for a different thread, will change back soon) but also for 'controversial' threads. Not because I was trolling but cos I wanted to ask something that was very difficult for me to talk about - re having a child diagnosed as SN and some challenging feelings around that - and I didn't want those feelings dragged up again yonks later.

Sometimes people post to get perspective on things and then when they have chilled out and realised they were being U, they want to leave that conversation behind.

That is the point of internet avatars, you know...

ThePigOfHappiness Wed 10-Apr-13 18:32:49

Oh my god queencuntychops are you me?
I had the exact same experience! Deregged and came back a few months later. Now I name change every once in a while when it occurs to me

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