change-aheadAs discussed a couple weeks ago, and a few times since, you are now required to be logged in – after registering – to comment here at BN. I wasn’t thrilled about having to implement this requirement, but I think the overall commenting experience, both for commenters and comment readers, will improve dramatically.

You should see a link below posts that admonishes you that you have to be logged in to comment, so going through the registration/login steps should be pretty self-explanatory. To the extent they are not, I have created a commenting FAQ to help with any questions you might have.

So, if you haven’t already, feel free to register here. When you sign up, you’ll be sent an activation email to the address you provide. Activate via that email, come back to the site and login, and you’re good to go.

This change should weed out a great deal of the drive-by commenting that can quickly and easily muddy up a quality discussion.

I reserve the right to scrap this change if it proves to be ineffective or actually makes things worse in the coming weeks. Let’s see how it goes, and I hope you all give it your best.

  • dash

    Looking forward to another year of Cubs baseball!

  • FFP

    Testing these new cookies–

    • FFP

      Hey, it found my avatar, too. Only odd thing was that it tried to change my name back to FromFenwayPahk. Regression’ll get you every time.

      Happy New Year, all.

  • Matt

    Well, since I registered I guess that means I should be posting more often now.

  • @justinjabs


    • @justinjabs

      One more test. Seeing if the new avatar will show up.

      • cubsfaninhawkeyeland

        How did you do that?

        • MichiganGoat

          Go to very easy, be sure to use the same email there as you do here.

  • aisle424

    This is a test comment. If this were a real comment, I assure you it would blow your mind.

    • Brett

      Whew. That was close.

  • DarthHater

    Happy New Year, everyone.

  • wasssssup

    I still don’t understand how this is gonna make the dork bags not be dork bags? What stops people from making different names with different emails? Plus, I’ve always though goat was die hard.

    • DarthHater

      “I’ve always though goat was die hard.”

      For some problems, there are no remedies.

    • Brett

      No matter the system, people can always circumvent it if they’ve got enough time and patheticness. This system, however, is much stiffer than it was before, when there was absolutely no hurdle. It’s easy enough for folks who are genuine, but it’s a real pain in the butt for people who just want to make trouble. I’ve administered several communities in my day. This won’t be perfect. But it will be better.

      • Scotti

        Personally, as one of the folks who lessened his commenting around here quite a bit, since Brett has told folks there was going to be accountability for one’s comments this place has ALREADY become much more hospitable (almost immediately upon notification).

        Good jorb, Brett.

        (To bad the message board and comment section cannot have the same login–that would have helped the board (with traffic) as much as it’s helped the comments (with civility)).

        • cubzfan

          Yeah, I’ve always sort of wondered why there’s a separate message board on here. Doesn’t seem to serve any purpose.

          • Brett

            It’s a different style for folks who like forums – starting their own topics, more free-wheeling, smaller group, etc.

            I tried doing a same login for both the blog and the board and it broke the server. Long story short, they’ll never play nice together in that way.

            • MichiganGoat

              Ah the Epic of Bert Breaking the Interwebz.

              • Greenroom

                any way to use my user name on the message board? It already said my name and password were not recognized. then it locked me out for 15 minutes. damn internet contraption with all of these tubes.

                • MichiganGoat

                  They are separate accounts but you can use the same name and password on both. The are however two different registrations you have to go through, when Brett tried to connect them he broke the BN Interweb.

                • Brett

                  Did you try resetting your password? If the name is already taken, you must’ve signed up at some point. Just reset the password.

                  • MichiganGoat

                    I thought he meant he tried to use this page account to get onto the message board.

                    • Brett

                      He might have. Either way, one of our suggestions/answers should help him. Gracias.

                • MichiganGoat

                  Basically they are two different sites, just as if you tied to use your username and password on CubsDen it wouldn’t work.

                  • Greenroom

                    Hiya. got it working with the same user name. thanks for the help. Go Cubs~

          • Scotti

            The message board is much better for having longer term, more indepth discussions. Trying to do that in the comments section is rather difficult (mostly due to finding the blasted discussion a day or two later).

            • Katie

              The Message Board is also a delightful place to discuss hamburgers and haberdashery.

      • JadeBos

        Happy Days!

  • hawkcub

    Looks like I can comment. Now I just need to figure out what to say.