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TECH, please can we have a facility to hide posters who...

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PestoLovelyMonster Tue 29-Sep-09 09:20:45

we feel have very offensive names?

I don't want my dcs looking over my shoulders and seeing certain nicknames and asking what they are.

Thank you please


wannaBe Tue 29-Sep-09 09:24:49

tbh rather than that I think that certain names shouldn't be permitted - ie ones that contain offensive language. there really is no need to have names like that.

ZacharyQuack Tue 29-Sep-09 09:26:51

PestoLovelyMonster, there's lots of things on Mumsnet that you probably don't want your children asking you about smile.

QuintessentialShadow Tue 29-Sep-09 09:29:14

I agree.
My son is 7 and reads very well.

I dont want him to come and read over my shoulder and see some of these posting names.

More importantly, we have a duty to our next generation of internet and forum users. (our childrend) What children learn from seeing posting names on here, is what is regarded as acceptable.

We cannot let children think that some of the names on here are acceptable. They might go and form their own identities based on names they see on mumsnet.

Because, it is on mumsnet, mum uses the site, it must be ok.
As parents, we endorse this product in front of our kids. We therefore have to show some responsibililty and wisdom in chosing our posting names.

And if some of us dont, well then you have to do it for us...

choccyp1g Tue 29-Sep-09 09:32:01

Hear hear, I don't want to see offensive words highlighted in bright blue. Usually if we use these words in a posting most people would asterisk them out. So why is it OK for a name .... (or could we insist on *s in names?)

hullygully Tue 29-Sep-09 09:34:07

I think we should all have a posting uniform as well. Some sort of floral pinny perhaps? And tranquillisers all round.

hobbgoblin Tue 29-Sep-09 09:36:52

this rather brings me back to why i teach my children that swearing is not ultimately BAD but that it is part of the language of adults. Those DC of reading age can surely understand this. This is not a site for children it is a site by parents for parents, to quote an important strap line grin

RealityIsAnAuntie Tue 29-Sep-09 09:37:28

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QueenOfFuckingEverything Tue 29-Sep-09 09:38:10

Nobody ever asterisks out rude words in posts on MN do they?

I would change my name if the majority view is that its offensive and inappropriate. Will watch thread.

Blackduck Tue 29-Sep-09 09:38:25

I just don't want to see the C word or the F word on a daily basis thanks very much. Not a prude, just don't want to see it. Also don't understand why MNHQ allow it and don't have software in place that filters this stuff...

hullygully Tue 29-Sep-09 09:38:36

Don't you fucking dare.

hobbgoblin Tue 29-Sep-09 09:39:54

simple solution to prove point: time for a name change anyone?

itsmeolord Tue 29-Sep-09 09:40:15

ROFL at HullyGully.

Stop picking on the poster from the other thread.
And stop letting your kids get so bored that they are reduced to reading mumsnet over your shoulders.

Agree with others, this is a site for adults, last thing I worry about when typing a post is whether or not a child will read it.

choccyp1g Tue 29-Sep-09 09:40:38

Nobody moderates out the rude words, but I for one, would type Bl**DY, rather than the actual word. Many posters amend words to "farkin" or "sh*t" etc. Quite rightly, I feel.

QueenOfFuckingEverything Tue 29-Sep-09 09:41:09

I am against censorship on MN tbh. There are other fora with swear filters if people really can't deal with seeing the odd fuck on the screen.

That said, if most people think there should be no sweary names then I'm not going to hang onto mine just for the sake of it.

theyoungvisiter Tue 29-Sep-09 09:41:18

[snort] at hullygully.

Could they be Cath Kidston? (the pinny I mean, I don't think she's done branded tranquilisers... yet.)

hobbgoblin Tue 29-Sep-09 09:41:57

i attempt to asterisk if it's school hols. but often forget. these fs and cs, they're only words.

hobbgoblin Tue 29-Sep-09 09:43:06

lol @ seeing the odd fuck on screen. some pay for that sort of thing

RealityIsAnAuntie Tue 29-Sep-09 09:43:30

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theyoungvisiter Tue 29-Sep-09 09:43:34

perhaps we could have a site banner saying "it's half term potty mouths", then people could self-censor if they felt so inclined?

itsmeolord Tue 29-Sep-09 09:43:53

But most people don't have an issue with your name. In fact on the other thread some posters were saying your name was inspired/amusing etc.
They were having a go at one poster in particular and I think that is just nasty. And childish. Particularly when that poster was accused of being attention seeking and in actual fact it was someone else who started a thread about them which she then took in good humour.

Tee2072 Tue 29-Sep-09 09:44:22

Perhaps instead of allowing names at all, MNHQ could assign us all a random string of numbers. After all, what is offensive to some is not offensive to all.

For example, I may find a name with the word monster in it offensive because if my son reads it he may believe that monsters are real and posting on the internet and that could give him a complex for life.

Oh, and if that was too subtle for you? I think this is the most ridiculous request I have ever seen on MN. And that's saying a lot.

As hobbgoblin said, this site is for adults. And adults fucking curse.

TheMightyToosh Tue 29-Sep-09 09:44:30

I agree - there are a couple of names on here with f*ck in them and I don't like to see it.

At the risk of getting flamed, I think it is slightly different if the word appears within a post, a) because it is less obvious to someone glancing (i.e. not bolded and in a blue stripe!) and b) because it is usually there for a reason, not just gratuitous in a name (yes, I know there is an arguement that this is a double standard, but to me it is slightly less offensive than just having it as your screen name).

I would like to see a ban on offensive names personally.

I don't agree with the argument that it is mumsnet, not kidsnet - I'm not a kid but I still don't want particularly want to see it.

QueenOfFuckingEverything Tue 29-Sep-09 09:44:38


PestoLovelyMonster Tue 29-Sep-09 09:46:13

I don't mind what people call themselves but I would quite like the facility to hide them if I deem them too offensive in the vicinity of my dcs.

I have no problem with freedom of speech etc, but just want to limit exposure as I feel necessary. I think it would be sensible.

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