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MN HQ, as it seems you can't do anything about the user1000000786533333 glitch, could you at least say, limit the amount of posts until they name change?

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WannaBe Wed 09-Nov-16 18:37:43

Seriously, it's impossible to engage on a thread where there are multiple posters called "user" followed by however many numbers there are. And most of them refuse to name change

Surely given that you can't or won't do something about whatever it is that's generating these random nicknames the alternative is to put something in place which means that the poster either can't post until they have a proper username, or limit their postings to say, two or three before they have to change.

PuppyMonkey Wed 09-Nov-16 18:43:52

My favourite User is definitely User87659876554 although I also admire User187654433567 grin

IonaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 09-Nov-16 22:59:14

Hi there WannaBe. We are working on sorting this out once and for all with a better solution but sadly it is one of those things that takes time. We will pass this on to Tech as a suggestion though and see if it might be a possible interim measure - absolutely no promises but it's always worth asking. Thanks for the suggestion.

WorraLiberty Wed 09-Nov-16 23:59:33

I think this is a brilliant idea.

Give them 5 posts as 'usernumber' and clear instructions how to name change.

If they're not interested in name changing, then they're not interested in being part of the 'Mumsnet community'.

Threads often get deleted for 'not being in the spirit of Mumsnet', so why not delete the posters who can't be arsed to become a proper part of it?

YonicProbe Fri 11-Nov-16 01:12:18

Good siggestion

RufusTheSpartacusReindeer Fri 11-Nov-16 20:46:58

Good idea wannabe

Some of them are lovely but some of them are hiding behind other posters confusion

SerendipityPhenomenon Sat 12-Nov-16 09:35:02

Can you give any indication of how much longer it will take to sort this out? Only you've been saying "It takes time" for some months now.

SlottedSpoon Sat 12-Nov-16 09:58:54

In the meantime we could always just refuse to engage with them? Do not acknowledge any threads started by anyone called user45834758374 and pointedly ignore all their posts.

I won't stop them posting their opinions on other threads but it will mean they will get pretty cheesed off when no-one responds to threads they start. Or we could just have a stock response used by everybody of 'we do not wish to engage with posters who won't use a recognisable user name.'

SlottedSpoon Sat 12-Nov-16 09:59:17

It won't, not i won't

MsHooliesCardigan Sat 12-Nov-16 12:05:09

It is getting quite tedious now. I was on a thread the other day where there were at least 6 user123458668s.
Puppy I disagree, my personal favourite is user564386973015

paxillin Sat 12-Nov-16 12:20:31

Hand out a couple of MNHQ accounts to people irritated by this. They can the dot HQ posts on threads with user876389472s saying please get a name. I'm sure you can find volunteers. Me please

Please form an orderly queue.

ThisIsReallyNotMyName Sat 12-Nov-16 12:25:54


TeacherBob Sat 12-Nov-16 12:28:02

On just about every forum I am on or have run (and it is a lot), on sign-up there is a box saying 'username*'
You can't complete sign up until you have put in a unique username.
This is pretty standard.

Though it seems that MN is so badly coded it needs re-writing from the bottom up.

NavyandWhite Sat 12-Nov-16 15:59:35

Is it just because they cba getting a new name?

user1471507699 Sat 12-Nov-16 16:02:54

Personally it's because every time I try to change my name I get an error message. Believe me I'd rather not be a user!

YonicProbe Sat 12-Nov-16 16:03:40

I think on the app it might be hard to NC...?

NavyandWhite Sat 12-Nov-16 16:06:05

Oh right. Have you tried on different devices?

user1471507699 Sat 12-Nov-16 16:17:39

I'll try on the computer (only ever use on my phone) however now I can't remember my password blush Think it might be time to give up!

basketoffreshveg Sat 12-Nov-16 16:19:43

Honestly, seriously, why does this bother people so much?

It's mildly confusing at best. It's really not the horrific set of circumstances some of you make it out to be.

NavyandWhite Sat 12-Nov-16 16:19:46

Request a new one?
Maybe drop HQ a line and explain you're having difficulties? Hope you sort it soon.

user1471507699 Sat 12-Nov-16 16:22:56

Thank you smile

YonicProbe Sat 12-Nov-16 16:23:22

Um, horrific set of circumstances is misrepresenting the reaction!

magimedi Sat 12-Nov-16 17:01:18

I also think it stops the users of the numeric names getting as much out of the site as they could.

I can't remember if 1233445 posted about something or if it was 1244335.

Whereas I know who Yonic is, remember the name & know I'll be interested in his/her posts & want to engage/offer advice. The numeric posters just become one amporhous poster, to me.

(Hope you don't mind me using you as an example, Yonic)

SerendipityPhenomenon Sat 12-Nov-16 17:23:25

No-one has ever suggested it was horrific, so far as I know. The main problem is that it attracts trolls, plus it's really annoying.

Coconutty Sat 12-Nov-16 17:28:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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