OK, so supposing someone who knew you were a Mner decided to have a good feet-up trawl of the types of things you've spoken about in the past, Georgina, though?
Am thinking abusive exps here or even some current partners whose behaviour is very frightening...
I've always written stuff with that knowledge (whether on message boards, usenet or blog) that it is searchable. (It'll be searchable on google anyway). That's why you train your kids to not give personal details away on the web, after all!
I think there's a difference between being searchable and bringing it all up at once. I also think it makes for a more pleasant atmosphere if people can't check up on you because they don't like something you've written. So search for information but not necessarily information about an individual poster.
MNHQ is not responsible for Google. It is for Mumsnet. Whatever or not you choose to reveal Georgina, the simple fact is that many women on here talk in detail about extremely difficult situations. Often because they cannot currently find a way through the crisis in RL and need that outlet, and the support they get from other posters. There are several threads currently where abusive partners and even fathers could find information that they might then use to further terrorise the women in question.
Having a "no search by name alone" policy would protect those women just a little.
I am sorry they are thinking of reinstating it to be honest.
I can see where there is room for misuse, but the information is available in any case, through google. I fnd it really useful, to check for my old posts. I also use it to check out if I'm interested in something on the for sale boards - to see if they are a regular poster.
Yes Marina - but most people change their names for that.
And - don't you think it's useful to be able to check previous threads that led up to a situation in order to be able to help properly? I quite often have a vague memory of something that happened a little while back that had a bearing, but can't think of the exact details so want to reread to check before I put my foot in it (doesn't stop me putting my foot in it, but at least I do it in full knowledge ).
I can see pros and cons for name-only searching, true enough.
But name changes will still be findable on shared PCs. Only just now someone was asking about Carla. If she has name-changed her h will soon find her new name, I bet, and name-only searching can do that.
Not sure what is for the best really. Maybe the searing awfulness of what some Mners are posting about lately has coloured my judgement
Well I think it is right not to have it, if you really want to find all the posts someone has done then you still can - it just takes some donkey work. I have always thought the system is hugely up for abuse however didn't know that this could be changed.
The point of chat names is anonimity, this is just a way of helping to preserve that annonimity IMO which is much more valuable than being able to do a quick background check on posters (which is kind of creepy IMO anyway).