We thought we knew all we'd ever need to know about naming a wireless network. Don't use your name or address — basically, just stay away from using personal information at all. Pretty standard, right?
Not anymore. This simple setup step is being used increasingly for a secondary, and much more sinister purpose: To send (pretty hilarious) passive-aggressive messages to neighbors with semi-anonymity.
Here are some of our favorites, courtesy of the BBC:
- "Stop Stealing My Paper!" and the culprit replies: "FYI, I Don't Read It I Just Throw It Away!"
- "You're music is annoying!" followed with, "Your grammar is more annoying!"
Here are some one-sided noise complaints:
- "Shut The Barking Dog Up No 7"
- "Stop slamming the door!!!"
- "Stop wearing heels!"
- "Shut up"
- "Stop running"
- "Stop shouting!"
This might not be the most mature approach, but who hasn't felt hostile toward a loud/annoying/drunk/rude or otherwise less than ideal neighbor? I guess this is one way to show them what you really think without the awkwardness that could arise from confrontation.
Have you ever aired your grievances via Wi-Fi network?