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By David Poland


Folks… were slowly but surely on our way to asking commenters to register. This both helps us maintain some civility (not that I want to babysit) and to keep the comment space from being spammed.
The system we’ve chosen is TypeKey. It both allows you to register easily and quickly and to maintain – if you want to – your complete anonymity. Neither I nor other readers will not have access to your real identity or e-mail unless you so wish it. So, Spam Dooley, you will remain a mystery and never have to enter a fake e-mail address again.
To sign up or sign in, just click on “If you have a TypeKey identity, you can sign in to use it here” and it will take you where you need to go. We’ll probably change things over to allow only registered commenters in a week or two.
Happy to hear any feedback, positive or negative. And if you have any trouble with the software, let me know that too.

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22 Responses to “Registration…”

  1. Dan R% says:

    “The site you’re trying to comment on has not signed up for this feature. Please inform the site owner.”
    I registered and all…signed in…so what went wrong?

  2. David Poland says:

    Not sure… will look into it…

  3. Dan R% says:


  4. David Poland says:

    It’s working now… hallelujah!

  5. JckNapier2 says:


  6. JckNapier2 says:

    Test… no luck yet

  7. David Poland says:

    They all seem to work, Jck…

  8. JckNapier2 says:

    Yup. Sorry about that. The third post brought up a screen about delayed reaction time. Thanks.

  9. jeffmcm says:

    Why are you calling Manohla Dargis “The Man”? It’s annoying and I don’t think she’d appreciate it.

  10. jeffmcm says:

    Sorry, wrong category for that last post…the remark stands, though.

  11. bicycle bob says:

    seems to work

  12. David Poland says:

    Manohla is fine with it… but I’m sure she’d appreciate the concern.

  13. Terence D says:

    Isn’t he a man?

  14. David Poland says:

    Manohla is all woman!!!

  15. Joe Leydon says:

    Er, Dave… You want to wipe that drool off your mouth, big guy? Sheesh!

  16. Mark says:

    Woman in the Rosie sense or the Desperate Housewife sense?

  17. David Poland says:

    Manohla is a happily married woman, so let’s just say she is all-woman in the Desperate Intellectual mold.

  18. KamikazeCamel says:

    If this works, then, well, it worked.

  19. mihar says:

    Please delete my TypeKey account.

  20. David Poland says:

    I don’t control TypeKey accounts… that is something between you and TypeKey… we only have the option to use the service here…

  21. Adrian says:

    What are you testing here ?

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