If there’s anything we hate more than broccoli, it’s comment spam. And as any blog server administrator can tell you, a disproportionate amount of time and expensive equipment is spent weeding-out ads for penis pills, “discount” software and barely legal teenage dorm girls who go by unlikely, computer-generated names like “Concepción Anderson.”
So: we’re doing something about it. In the effort to help prevent spammers from hijacking our comments and to provide a more streamlined and informative personal profile for registered users, we’ve rolled-out a new comment system. Don’t worry, fraidy cats—you can still comment anonymously, though you’ll all be listed as “Guest,” because we’re polite like that.
To register, trot on over here and fill out your stats, which is fast and easy but does require a valid email address. This will give you your very own profile page with links to your recent comments as well as other people’s responses. The profiles of Torontoist writers will also include a list of their recent articles (here’s mine, for example). Though we don’t require you to register or post with your real name, we don’t sell or share your email address, so there isn’t reason to worry.
For the more clandestine readers, simply log-in as “Guest” (as both the username and password) to post anonymously, though we like to see who you are! When visiting a page where comments are allowed, readers can also sign in and out with the links that appear above our logo at the top left of the page. For other questions about how our comments are administered and sometimes moderated, you can bone up on our comment policy.
This new profile system may cause a few glitches here and there, so let us know if you see anything amiss. We’ve also got a number of new features to come over the next few months based on this system, so stay tuned and keep on talking!
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