25 February 2002


One of our members has suggested that it is quite difficult to search for old school friends on our site because we use nicknames which may not be known by the searcher.  I think that the problem comes about because of the way that Microsoft set out the join-up page.  American practice is different to English in that their 'nickname' means the name that you are normally known by [I think] whereas in the UK it means a very informal or made up name.
I don't know what you all think but if you like you can alter your 'nickname' quite easily by visiting 'members tools' and amending it.
I think it is a good idea but there is no problem if you don't want to change.
jim wishart, list manager 

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