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Commenting, captcha and coming onboard

The irritations of comment moderation and captcha should, I hope, now be a thing of the past. It is now possible to register as a commenter on the site, enabling you to bypass captcha and moderation. If you are already a subscriber, your existing membership will do this for you and you need take no further steps.

Your username can be a pseudonym if you like, and should be a pseudonym if you are concerned about privacy.

There is a registration link in the navigation bar to the right, or click here.

To log in, hit escape or use the login link in the navigation bar.

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Oh the benefits of registration, completely captcha free....
Shame that spaces aren't allowed in profile names and I presume neither are capitals, still it's better than post normal communications Twitter!

Mar 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM | Registered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Therefore, when the New York entertainment attorney hears the Chelsea-based New York writer saying "I 'copyrighted' my novel by registering it with the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office in Washington, D.C.", the writer is usually operating under a mistaken set of geographic and legal assumptions. It is incumbent upon entertainment lawyers to correct those assumptions.

Mar 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM | Unregistered Commenterconsumer tire registration

This one is a particularly difficult myth to explode - because members of Congress, those that write and edit case law, and a few jurisprudential scholars have been known to use "copyrighted" as a verb form, too. When I hear it, it sounds to me like nails on a chalkboard.

Mar 2, 2012 at 10:32 AM | Unregistered Commenterconsumer tire registration


Mar 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM | Registered Commenterbrucehoult




a hyperlink...

Seems to work! Great!!

A revision made after posting...

Mar 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM | Registered CommenterMartin A

Hmmm ... OK ... here I am ... but how/where do I find my member profile so that I can go back to being Hilary Ostrov (which it didn't seem to like when I registered)?

Latest post on my blog, which may be of interest is Probing Pachauri's pontifications ... in which I highlight an excellent article by Tony Thomas in Quadrant.

Oh, wow! I can even revise my comment!

2nd revsion, OK ... now I'm me ... but profile doesn't seem to allow me to plug my blog! Oh, well c'est la vie en sqarespace

Mar 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM | Registered CommenterHilary Ostrov

Cool cool...

Mar 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM | Registered Commenterjustice4rinka

I was checking the profile, and apparently I can only link to a website if I am anonymous. Shouldn't it me the other way around.

And just for interest, I can't seem to find any contact details for anyone else.

Can anyone see my real name or contact me?

[I'm adding this on to see if I can revise comments]

Mar 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM | Registered CommenterMikeHaseler

OK, spotted the link

... and Email between members appears to be working.

Mar 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM | Registered CommenterMikeHaseler

Testing ...

14 min for re-editing? That seems cool. I definitely need it. I goof up all the time.

Mar 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM | Registered Commentershub

Lets see if somebody can comment as me after I've registered...

Mar 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterTerryS

Apparently they can.
If you hover over the little icon next to the name it tells you they are registered or unregistered

Mar 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM | Registered CommenterTerryS

I'm an imposter.

Mar 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterTerryS


Mar 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM | Registered Commentertest

You're not allowed to be Hilary Ostrov; you have to be HilaryOstrov. The computer says so.
Given the amount of computing power available in an appliance I can hide in my hand I get intensely pissed off with machines that insist on dictating what you call yourself because they can't handle spaces or digits or have some other quirky method of proving they are in charge.

Mar 2, 2012 at 12:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Jackson

The wonders of modern technology, when can we add extended hyper text and graphics?

Mar 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM | Registered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Great! It works. And being able to edit comments is useful.

Mar 2, 2012 at 12:55 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

The easiest registration evah!

Mar 2, 2012 at 1:13 PM | Registered CommentersHx

Afternoon. Jeff bin in?

Mar 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM | Unregistered Commenterwoodentop

It helps if you validate the logon details and sign in.. doh.

Mar 2, 2012 at 1:40 PM | Registered Commenterwoodentop

Test2 revise
Test3 Great!

Mar 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

Ahh! Now I feel more like I belong! :)

Mar 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM | Registered CommenterSimon Hopkinson

Testing testing

Mar 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM | Registered CommenterLatimer Alder

Didn't get the confirmation email ;( Was it just me?

Mar 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM | Unregistered Commentersteveta


Yes - the account is there, so I don't know why you don't have it. Check you spam. Email if necessary.

Mar 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

OK, my turn to test! Fun and games! Hooray it works!!

Nice to be able to make changes.

Mar 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM | Registered CommenterJeremy Harvey

I am onboard. Heave to, me hearties....aarrrrr.

A celebratory limerick.

To a fearsome jail like San Quentins
Dr.Gleick may be sent for his sins
His supporters all scream
"He took one for the team"
He'll be taking it soon in the twins

Mar 2, 2012 at 3:31 PM | Registered Commenterpetercrawford

Yay! Fixed, thanks your worship.

Mar 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM | Registered Commentersteve ta

So long Captcha, my spelling is bad enough without extra training in how to speel rongly ;)

Mar 2, 2012 at 4:02 PM | Registered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

Thanks Bish. (Bit of finger trouble with the email address.)

Mar 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM | Registered CommenterDreadnought


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Well done Bish!

Only goes to show that there is no alternative to cooking with gas!

Mar 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Coo, I feel a sense of belonging.

*update* and the ability to fix typos

Mar 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM | Registered CommenterTheBigYinJames

I am the real Peter Gleick and I faked the Heartland strategy memo. Honestly I did it. I'd do it again for the cause.

Mar 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM | Registered CommentersHx

"the ability to fix typos"

Jeep doy...

Mar 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Captha problems for me weren't in speeling wongly, I often couldn't read the capcha at all!

Mar 2, 2012 at 5:11 PM | Unregistered Commentersteveta

I am Peter Gleick!

Mar 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM | Registered CommentersHx

No, I am Peter Gleick!

Mar 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM | Registered CommentersHx

I am Peter Gleick too.

Mar 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM | Registered CommentersHx

Evidently sockpuppetry won't be easy. If I change my display name, the author names of my previous comments change as well.

I think this is what TerryS tested earlier.

I'd better revert to my original moniker lest I be confused with the real Peter Gleick.

Mar 2, 2012 at 5:23 PM | Registered CommentersHx

O/T, but interesting. Has anyone noted the lastest Gruaniad TV ad. It seems that they are not just satisfied with telling fairytales about AGW, but are now rewriting fairytales, claiming that the three little pigs framed the big bad wolf, haha.

Mar 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterSalopian


Mar 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM | Registered Commenterrobinson

Yarrr! It works.

Mar 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM | Registered Commenterrobinson

I'm not sure whether this works but we'll try it.
... and no it doesn't.
I can't register as Mike Jackson because I'm not allowed to use spaces. How come you guys are allowed to?

Mar 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

Mike, you register as mikejackson then you edit your profile using the black box that comes up top right, to make your displayed name whatever you like.

If you hover the mouse over people's displayed name you get their registered username. Some people might want to be aware of that (eg Green Sand).

Mar 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

@mikejackson ;)

You can edit your display name if you click on 'edit profile' after you've logged in. Try Peter Gleick if you like. :D

Mar 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM | Registered CommentersHx

Thanks, fellas! I'm not at my best โ€” long week and other things. Better tomorrow!!!

Mar 2, 2012 at 6:47 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson


Mar 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

I've been 'activated'.
Wow! That feels good :)

Mar 2, 2012 at 7:19 PM | Registered Commenteranteros

Mar 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM | Registered Paul Matthews

If you hover the mouse over people's displayed name you get their registered username. Some people might want to be aware of that

Other than not logging in, is there any way to suppress that?

Mar 2, 2012 at 7:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterElvis Presley

Paul Matthews Mar 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM

"If you hover the mouse over people's displayed name you get their registered username. Some people might want to be aware of that (eg Green Sand)."

Thanks Paul, but I can't see any details other than my user name "Green Sand"

Can you or anybody else please check for me?

Mar 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

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