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Did you know that if you name-change, your user status could totally out you?

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Jacksmania Fri 19-Oct-12 23:07:08

User status is that thing that pops up when you hover over some posters' name. (Sorry if you already knew this.)

If you name-change, your user status doesn't automatically change. Which could totally out you if someone's paying attention!

I realized this a while ago but remembered it earlier earlier when I noticed someone's name change hadn't included user status.

Jacksmania Sat 20-Oct-12 01:41:51

And apparently I'm the only one who cares.

Right then. I shall award myself a biscuit and toddle off.

ChippingInLovesAutumn Sat 20-Oct-12 01:56:44

Hi Jacks - how are you? Long time no chat!! I don't even know if I have a 'hover' at the moment grin but it's something I would forget to change if I did!!

Astelia Sat 20-Oct-12 04:38:42

Hi Chipping, no you don't have a hover status. I am always name changing so am concerned about Jack's finding. I will investigate my status just in case I have a hover thingy.

Jacksmania Sat 20-Oct-12 04:43:28

Hi Chipping!!!!
I had a status thingy for a while. 'twas terribly original grin "keep calm and drink lots of wine". Got completely busted by someone when I name-changed and they on so innocently said "didn't I see you on a thread about such-and-such tonight, I laughed at your status thing" and I was blush[crap] and immediately deleted my status thing.

Found myself in the reverse position tonight, recognized someone hover thingy and went, "hmmm, that's so-and-so under a different nn".

I wonder if MNHQ have realized?

Jacksmania Sat 20-Oct-12 04:44:21

Apols for typos, can't type on the iPad.

ZombTEE Sat 20-Oct-12 04:46:43

It's been mentioned before Jacks but I don't remember what HQ's response was.

TheDogsRolex Sat 20-Oct-12 05:01:37

Never had a hover status, had no idea what one is but I did check it out tonight after I saw this as i'm always concerned about privacy. I do think mn should have a look! Well, no I think they bloody well should!

Sparklingbrook Sat 20-Oct-12 07:00:58

I don't name change. The name changing thing confuses me because I like to know who I am talking to.

What are the main reasons for name changing?

FergusSingsTheBlues Sat 20-Oct-12 07:20:54

Maybe when you want to have a good bitch about your DH, MIL...when normally you're all good, or if you make a total fanny of yourself on another thread and are dying of shame the next day, or if you need to talk about summat embarassing like earning £££££ and having no idea how to spend it...

I confess to name changing twice....

Sparklingbrook Sat 20-Oct-12 07:27:13

I see your point. I don't discuss controversial family stuff on here and am usually found on the lighthearted threads so I am probably safe. grin

ZombTEE Sat 20-Oct-12 08:18:32

I understand why people name change but I've never done it for the reasons Ferguss says. Just for holidays.



And if you don't have a profile, you don't have to worry about it, BTW, as you only have a hoverererererer if you have a public profile.

Astelia Sat 20-Oct-12 09:30:27

I live in a small expat community so I like the anonymity that name changes give me.

Nagoo Sat 20-Oct-12 09:43:52

yes I knew it can happen.

I have PM'd a person to tell them their hoverer was hanging out.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 20-Oct-12 12:02:26


It's been mentioned before Jacks but I don't remember what HQ's response was.

Nor can we! blush

Guess best solution would be a warning note by the bit in MyMumsnet where you select your user status?

ZombTEE Sat 20-Oct-12 14:41:44

That would be helpful, Helen, and easy to implement, I would think.

Is there not a thread about this in SS? Or was it in _Chat and went poof?

ChippingInLovesAutumn Sat 20-Oct-12 14:54:47

Helen - it would be good to have a flash up/reminder when you 'name change'.

Jacksmania Sat 20-Oct-12 15:16:58

Yes - would be good to have something pop up that said "you name-changed but your status is still the same and although most people wouldn't notice, there will be that one annoying person Jacks who will and although she's fortunately not a terrible cunt and wouldn't out you, you never know, someone else might, and you don't want that to happen, do you? Dooooooooooo you?"


Or perhaps something more succinct.

Pinot Sat 20-Oct-12 16:49:10

Helen, you said you'd look into it <helpful> I quite like the fact it could out knobbynamechangers though

Have you had a chance to read the email I sent you this morning?

ZombTEE Sat 20-Oct-12 17:11:54

::sits on Pinot::


SuePurblybilt Sat 20-Oct-12 17:19:18

Can we please call them by their name? They are hoverererers.
As you were.

imperialstateknickers Sat 20-Oct-12 17:22:46

I'd like a hovererer but don't seem to have one. How do you get them?

ZombTEE Sat 20-Oct-12 17:34:34

Isn't that what I said Sue?

Did I not have enough 'ererererer's?

SuePurblybilt Sat 20-Oct-12 17:46:53

Not you, my lamb of joy, it was a general point. We must have standards.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 20-Oct-12 18:03:38


Helen, you said you'd look into it <helpful> I quite like the fact it could out knobbynamechangers though

Have you had a chance to read the email I sent you this morning?

Erm, no - sorry. Not really meant to be working today, Pinot <hurls biscuits at feral children>

Was it specifically for me? Or could the MNHQer on duty sort you out?

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