LL I agree that would be good but what if you are nc for a genuine reason e.g embarrassing lady garden questions?
On the hounding of "newbis"/"name changers" issue - One day we will really upset a new poster who genuinely needs help - although I am sure it has already happened.
Some people need to think and ask a question before posting. Many of the posters here are in a delicate frame of mind - hence posting rather than talking to friends or family - Personally I always take the cautious route and either avoid the debate or support the OP and take the s**t.
only if someone reports you as being a fecker - not just for namechanging - funny i don't think i have ever got "you're a fecker" e-mails in custardo - but as soon as i change my name and speak my mind - in the way i usually would - people get all arsey at a newbie
i was told that newbies have to earn their stripes.
i think we are all allowed to have an opinion my opinion was cuntwhacker and someone had a prob with that ambiguous term
There are at least three Mners where I work, all posting from the same network, so presumably the same IP address. So if one of them got did something naughty, banning them would mean banning the other two as well.
I HATE those forums (fora?!!) where you get told everything about the poster how long they've been a member, how many posts blah blah blah. And I REALLY detest those little banners across the bottom of each post with cutie pics and how many months weeks and days old their kiddies are. Sorry if you are one of those.
I love mn's attitude, just let the conversation flow.
Surely we are all bright enough make up our own minds what threads to post on and what posts to respond to? And who cares if there's a troll about?
I dont go along with the belief that newbies need to earn their stripes, I have often posted on newbie flounce threads to say they should be just as entitled to tell us we're all arses as a long standing poster.
What really pisses me off though is the namechanging that is done solely to be contetious - lots of people feel they know its a wind-up by a regular (including me on the 'M/C bore' thread), fair enough in itself but then others believe its a genuine newbie and accuse others of bullying - again, fair enough.
But it really fucks me off to think of bad blood being created between people on here, while some pathetic bored regular gets their kicks at a bit of vicarious attention.
There was an incident not that long ago where a thread by a name-changer got out of hand and the OP held their hands up and said who they were - I dont believe the average namechanger would have the guts to do that but at least, when it all starts going tits-up, say ok, it was a joke and quit posting on it.
I feel really sorry for the people who take it at face value and put alot of effort into sticking up for the OP who, if they are not genuine, doesn't deserve it or probably even give two hoots.