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DesolateWaist Mon 26-Sep-16 21:07:27

Seriously, we need to do something about this.
It makes it so hard to follow threads when a number of people are called a user blah blah blah.

EmpressKnowsWhereHerTowelIs Tue 27-Sep-16 08:35:07

There was a recent one where there were 2 or 3 user1234s with conflicting opinions, and then they got annoyed / confused when people started mixing them up. It's going to happen, though. Inevitably. They look like a big homogeneous mass.

Zombie suggested explaining politely that we won't engage with them until they get proper names. I think they should get pop-ups every time they log on asking them to namechange.

gamerchick Tue 27-Sep-16 08:37:07

It oddly doesn't bother me, if you want to comment on something just quote the thing rather than the name. Job done.

BitOutOfPractice Tue 27-Sep-16 08:39:15

I find the problem for me is when a user1234 OP discovers how to get a proper user name half way through a thread, changes name and then their posts aren't highlighted

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Tue 27-Sep-16 08:41:26

It's HQ's fault, not the MNers.

It seems a little bit "we've been here for a hundred years and we can tell you're all new and so we won't talk to you until you have passed our witty-name challenge initiation test" to complain about them.

I lost my log in recently and considered becoming a User999 type person. I quite like the idea of the havoc I could wreak under the invisibility cloak.

Topseyt Tue 27-Sep-16 08:44:14

I think MNHQ should ditch the system. I preferred things before we had it.

Also, people tend to assume they are all trolls. Not all are.

BitOutOfPractice Tue 27-Sep-16 08:59:55

Nobody ever said it was their fault hmm clearly the system for getting a name has changed recently hence the proliferation of user357532s

Sparklingbrook Tue 27-Sep-16 09:03:58

I hate to say it but I avoid or just scroll past the User123456789 people. It's just hard work and I can't differentiate between them. MNHQ need to sort it I agree.

user1470043860 Tue 27-Sep-16 09:04:18

How do I go about changing my name? Any ideas.

JustAnotherPoster00 Tue 27-Sep-16 09:06:48

How do I go about changing my name? Any ideas.

No point asking Sparkling she just scrolled right past you grin

NoFuchsGiven Tue 27-Sep-16 09:07:30

user1470043860 Go to 'My Mumsnet' at the top then 'My account'.

You can change it from there.

user1470043860 Tue 27-Sep-16 09:09:00

Merci.

Sparklingbrook Tue 27-Sep-16 09:09:01

I did read that one. grin Can't help as I think it may involve the app and I have no idea about that. sad

DesolateWaist Tue 27-Sep-16 09:22:09

I've never used the app and I access the site mainly from a mobile.

Is it really MNHQ's fault?
To me when I see user1234 then it looks to me like someone who can't be bothered to access the site properly, i.e. change to a proper username, but still wants to join in.
If they can't change their username because of MNHQ then that is very bad on MNHQs behalf.

I did suggest to a user1234 who was busy telling everyone that they were MNing wrong that she might want to get a proper username before she spouted off and I got a fuck off for my troubles.

Queenbean Tue 27-Sep-16 09:23:56

It's a bit annoying, but generally I just highlight, copy and paste someone's user name anyway

Given that there are so many Queen something and gin something and Daily Mail somethings anyway

ErrolTheDragon Tue 27-Sep-16 09:29:41

Maybe usernnnnnn should only be allowed to lurk and attempts to post would give instructions how to get a proper name? I was away from MN when they started appearing, don't understand why we have them now. If its a limitation of the app then why not only allow registrations from the full site on a browser?

BlancheDevereux Tue 27-Sep-16 10:51:09

Agree that this needs to go. But we've been asking HQ to sort this out for months, and nothing so far.

ZuleikaDobson Sat 15-Oct-16 17:51:41

This problem seems worse than ever, and, as Blanche says, HQ have been promising to sort it out for months. Could we have an update?

WipsGlitter Sat 15-Oct-16 18:01:15

Really? I rarely even look at the user names. It's a bit "you can't be in the cool girls club".

Mumsnet is different things to different people and some don't see it as a club with rules. It's just a chat board to them.

usual Sat 15-Oct-16 18:13:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ErrolTheDragon Sat 15-Oct-16 18:43:54

If you're having a debate, you do need to be able to keep track of names.

ZuleikaDobson Sat 15-Oct-16 18:54:54

It's a bit "you can't be in the cool girls club".

Where on earth does this bit of gratuitous attack come from? It's got nothing whatsoever about being in any club, cool or otherwise. It's irritating because, as Errol says, it's difficult to work out which User 147etc you're dealing with and you're liable to mix one with another. Also it seems to be a bit of a gift to goady/troll types who never bother to change their names and are able to get away with their goading/trolling with a degree of anonymity - and it's unfortunate, to say the least, if a perfectly genuine new poster gets ignored or flamed because people assume that they're the troll who has also been posting on the same thread.

WipsGlitter Sat 15-Oct-16 18:59:53

Zombie suggested explaining politely that we won't engage with them until they get proper names

This to me is you can't play here unless you play by "our" rules.

Stormwhale Sat 15-Oct-16 19:01:40

Completely agree. It's pointless posting unless you have a proper username as if there is more than one user1234blah blah blah then no one has a clue which one said what. It's nothing to do with it being a club, it is actually because it prevents us from involving those posters as they are unidentifiable in a thread.

usual Sat 15-Oct-16 19:10:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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