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fuckyourenforcedlogin Thu 18-Aug-16 21:01:16

That's it, really, the little swingy box that just won't go away, until you log in or join. It's turning MN form a genuinely open forum for browsers into one where they track you.

It's got a lot of MNers very angry indeed on the Site Stuff and I want to raise it here for more traffic.

Newes Thu 18-Aug-16 21:04:00

MN isn't compulsory. It's not a cosy free club for chat, it's an income generating site. MNHQ could not give a mouse's fart what users of the Talk section think, as there will always be someone to replace the ones who leave because of this, or other changes.

maninawomansworld01 Thu 18-Aug-16 21:10:35

It is annoying!
HQ, either make it a bloody closed forum or get rid of the sodding login thingy - I'll log in if I want to thank you very much!
You can still track your visitors activity perfectly well via the IP address, it's just bloody annoying - especially if browsing on the iPad or mobile.

GladAllOver Thu 18-Aug-16 21:13:30

Have to agree that it's bloody annoying.

StormyTeaCup Thu 18-Aug-16 21:15:15

I agree. YANBU.

i have been happily lurking for a year angry

usual Thu 18-Aug-16 21:17:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bertiebuzzard Thu 18-Aug-16 21:17:24

Yep, bloody annoying.
Especially when pissed/fat fingers can't get your password right

GingerIvy Thu 18-Aug-16 21:18:42

I was browsing it on my phone today and not at home, so didn't have my log in details when that box popped up and there I was - stuck with the box in the middle of the screen. It's annoying.

Mummaaaaaah Thu 18-Aug-16 21:20:59

I've been getting even more annoying move straight through to ads? Anyone else had that? Or have I been hacked in some way. One was about big boobies!?!?!?!?

thecolonelbumminganugget Thu 18-Aug-16 21:22:29



havent been able to login since the last time they reset all the passwords so just haven't been posting (just lurking). Turns out I must have two accounts registered to two different email addresses. LOOK AT MY USERNAME! that was not my username before, I was calculatorsatdawn blush

TheProblemOfSusan Thu 18-Aug-16 21:23:47

I'm ttc for the first time and really didn't want to officially join until I was actually pregnant, but have been forced into it so I could continue using the resources here. I'm being SUPER dramatic but I feel like I've jinxed myself by joining a site for mums when I'm not one and it'll never happen now. runs off weeping hysterically into the sunset

On a serious note, it's irritating to be forced into membership of a site that looks like it's open. If it's members-only, put everything behind password protection, like Ravelry does. But I'm glad to be here, I feel all properly adulty now!

cunningartificer Thu 18-Aug-16 21:26:32

Yes!!! Hugely annoying and will probably stop me casually browsing... So good really, will save time.

fuckyourenforcedlogin Thu 18-Aug-16 21:27:25

Why start another thread?

For the traffic.

cunningartificer Thu 18-Aug-16 21:27:39

By the way MNHQ that's sarcasm... Not good at all. Bad call I think .

venusandmars Thu 18-Aug-16 21:33:52

OP I agree. Mumsnet has become more than just an income generating site - it also sets itself as a campaigning organisation and a place where people who are vulnerable (e.g. people experiencing domestic abuse) can find a safe place for support and advice. For many people that starts by lurking and browsing before they have the confidence to post.

I have been a longstanding poster on the bravebabes threads. I doubt I would have posted about my alcohol problem if I hadn't been able to read all the posts for 3 weeks before I registered and tentatively made my first post. Five years later, I barely drink, thanks to the support I got here.

But I log on and post from my pc, and never on my phone (which other people in my family can use). But I've lost count of the times when I read encouraging posts on my phone and was strengthened in my resolve not to drink.

Ironically today I couldn't even read the posts on the site stuff (or at least not beyond the first page) because of the damn log-in box.

WorraLiberty Thu 18-Aug-16 21:34:15


It just makes them come across as utterly desperate and that's a shame, because they don't need to be.

Like sometimes when you Google for a product you want to buy and the minute you click on a shopping website, a box pops up virtually begging you to sign up or to give feedback on the layout.

It instantly makes me hit the back button.

AnniePower Thu 18-Aug-16 21:35:25

It's like having to go through Border Control on my way into a clothes shop. V V V offputting

WorraLiberty Thu 18-Aug-16 21:36:11

Maybe they've started to believe the trolls who always start a thread with

"I've been lurking for years, but only just plucked up the courage to join and post"

They're nearly always PBPs though grin

SeasonalVag Thu 18-Aug-16 21:38:35

I assumed it was to outwit the thieving daily mail dickheDs

BlancheBlue Thu 18-Aug-16 21:40:32

Don't like it then don't use the site. The amount of prow who think mn is some sort of social services department is ridiculous. It is a commercial site.

CheeseFlavouredDiscs Thu 18-Aug-16 21:46:11

YANBU - pop ups like that drive me nuts!

However, you can easily get rid of all the ads and the stupid pop up using free software (called AdBlock) that my geeky husband has downloaded for me. It has a clever feature that allows you to get rid of annoying pop ups as soon as they appear, and you never get that pop up again.

Frumious Thu 18-Aug-16 21:46:20

Not on MumsnetHQ, not on.

thecolonelbumminganugget Thu 18-Aug-16 21:52:10

'Don't like it, don't use it' is one view.

Another would be if you have something that is comercially successful and you make a change that the users don't like then it's in your interests as the provider to listen to that feedback. Fewer users =less cash

Gobbolinothewitchscat Thu 18-Aug-16 21:58:30

I'm totally confused - I mumsnet on my iPhone. Don't use any apps, just the webpage. I'm permanently logged in. Is this the app with this issue?

Chikara Thu 18-Aug-16 21:58:57

Absolutely agree. I came across site when in despair one day about my DS. Couldn't believe the useful stuff I read and the feeling that there was help out there. Read for ages before I joined. Certainly wouldn't have joined straightaway especially as my "interest" was the development of my child. It took a while before I realised how much the site had to offer.

Forced log-in would damage the brand - I no longer trust the site in quite the same way and am therefore less likely to trust the brands it recommends and the integrity of the campaigns

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