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Can we have an automatic name change

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NoSuchThingAsThePerfectParent Thu 17-Nov-16 00:22:25

If we post on a thread and it's really long, or it's been weeks since first posting, it can be easy to forget what name the post was made under. Not all sock-puppeting is deliberate, though I'm sure most is.

However I wondered how complicated it would be to write an automated name so you can't physically post using a different name, once you've used a name on that thread. That would save a lot of MN check and would stop people feeling terrified of deletions because of accidents!

00100001 Mon 21-Nov-16 15:40:14


You want the thread to know what username you've used previously on the thread - and automatically use that one?

NoSuchThingAsThePerfectParent Mon 21-Nov-16 18:06:15

Yes! Why not? When it's been a really long time or the thread is really long, I would save reading 20 odd pages to remember. Especially on the app.

Thurlow Mon 21-Nov-16 18:15:53

Aren't your posts a different colour? You can just skim through and see what username you used

00100001 Mon 21-Nov-16 20:35:04

ys, just have a different colour for your posts - works a treat, even with name changing

NoSuchThingAsThePerfectParent Mon 21-Nov-16 21:47:29

I go cross-eyed on the app when they're really long threads, it can be so time consuming and I often miss the colour change! It's much easier on the computer but I never use that for MN, always the phone. I've forgotten once or twice and even had to report myself for it when I realised!

NoSuchThingAsThePerfectParent Mon 21-Nov-16 21:48:01

Also thought it would stop sock-puppeting when people try it deliberately!

FannyUmbongo Mon 21-Nov-16 21:49:07

How many names do you have then?

NoSuchThingAsThePerfectParent Mon 21-Nov-16 22:10:43

Well I keep giving away far too much and have to change the name and start afresh. I've just done it again tonight actually, so probably need to find a new name again. Grrr.

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