Comment registration open at Hot Air; Update: Registration closed

posted at 9:00 am on December 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

For the first time in a very long while, we’re opening the books once again. First read our Terms of Service, and if you agree, register through this link and follow the steps. Be patient; we have to approve the first comment of each new registrant, so please don’t keep resubmitting when it doesn’t appear immediately. We will eventually get them all.  Registration will remain open until 4 pm ET today.

Why now?  Next week, we will have an exciting feature in which commenters at Hot Air and our sister site Townhall will vote for their favorite choice in the Republican presidential nomination race.  We want to have as many people able to participate as possible, and so we want to get people registered to vote now.  We have also resolved some nagging technical and staffing issues that come with open registration, so we do plan to hold these on a regular basis from here on out.

It goes without saying that people who try trolling on their first comment will get banned right out of the gate, as well as previously banned commenters. This is not an amnesty; it’s an opportunity to expand the community. Dissent isn’t trolling — in fact, we love a good debate — but we know trolling when we see it.

Welcome to Hot Air!

Update: Please be patient; the return e-mail will not come immediately.  If you have problems, please send a note to our tips line, not to any of us personally or on Twitter — we have able Townhall staff monitoring the Tips line to provide assistance.  Also, be sure to check your spam and junk folders first to see if the password e-mail ended up there.

Update II: Just to emphasize what I originally wrote, if you have been banned before, you will not be approved for commenting now.  We are not going to relitigate prior violations.  Don’t bother writing e-mails detailing how much you’ve changed in the intervening time.  We are focusing on adding fresh voices today, and don’t have the time to waste arguing over long-settled complaints, nor the inclination to do so.

Update III: Registration has now been closed.  However, we are working on e-mail issues for many who did register but didn’t get a password in return, so be patient; our staff is working through these and will resolve them.  We will have another open registration in the near future, so if you missed it today, just keep your eyes peeled!

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Tsunami!

conservative pilgrim on December 7, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Cool. It’s been a while.

Mord on December 7, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Welcome newbies!

Kataklysmic on December 7, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Hey, look- barbarians!

Oh, what the hell- open the gates!

Bat Chain Puller on December 7, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Welcome everyone!

conservative pilgrim on December 7, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Welcome

Come on in, the water is fine!

cmsinaz on December 7, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Welcome new thoughts and ideas. But, get ready to be deluged with trolls.

Old Country Boy on December 7, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Wow. I’ve been a member for quite some time and was not even aware that registration was ever closed. I should pay more attention.

Firmworm on December 7, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Fresh trolls!

Time to oil up the ban hammer!

turfmann on December 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Pick a good name.

I almost want to re-register due to my lack of imagination and wit!

tomg51 on December 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM

So who will come back under a ghostie that has been previously banned? :)

karenhasfreedom on December 7, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Did someone let Bishop know?

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Hello! testing…

Foxhound on December 7, 2011 at 9:08 AM

I almost want to re-register due to my lack of imagination and wit!

tomg51 on December 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Imagine how I feel?

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Get ready to slay some trolls!
/sharpening Excalibur

cane_loader on December 7, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Should be fun for all.

darwin on December 7, 2011 at 9:10 AM

I almost want to re-register due to my lack of imagination intelligence and wit!

tomg51 on December 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Imagine how I feel

Sorry, my mouse double clicked!

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:10 AM

tent pitched. prepared to occupy HA.

t8stlikchkn on December 7, 2011 at 9:10 AM

WOW My First Post!

Huntsman/McDonnell 2012!!!

corujodp on December 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Glad registration finally opened back up. Too many times I’ve wanted to post my righteous indignation and have had to settle for simply screaming at the screen!

Cthulhu2012 on December 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

woo hoo! Been wanting to post here, forever.

KaroleD28 on December 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

In!!!

Finally… By the power of Greyskull

FancyFred on December 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Maybe I’ll re-register as “cain_loader :D

/ducks

cane_loader on December 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

This is exciting! Very cool, it will be nice to have a larger bunch to debate and talk politics with.

nswider on December 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Attention new trolls. The humpbot is right behind you.

Patrick S on December 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Pick a good name.

I almost want to re-register due to my lack of imagination and wit!

tomg51 on December 7, 2011 at 9:07 AM

+1. Welcome new folks! And thank you, Ed! My sister has been bugging me for the past 2 yrs about commenting here.

rcpjr on December 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

So who will come back under a ghostie that has been previously banned? :)

karenhasfreedom on December 7, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Narutoboy? The Race Card? Too many to list.

Kataklysmic on December 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Sign up Trolls & RINOs the Hot Air education department is open :)
:)

philly_PA on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

The banished shall returnith…

right2bright on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Nothing wrong with smart well-read dissenters. Like Dennis Prager says about debate, clarity (of view) is more valuable than agreement. On the other hand, Hotair is more of a place for people on the right to add some insight and work out internal disagreements. So, good to have a few smart lefties, but not too many.

RBMN on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Holy moly…. it’s been a while.

roscopico on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Party Time!

Little Boomer on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

commenters at Hot Air and our sister site Townhall will vote for their favorite choice in the Republican presidential nomination race.

Favorite? How about less objectionable than others.

rbj on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Welcome newbies!

gophergirl on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Welcome newbies. Please introduce yourself in this thread

William Amos on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

So, good to have a few smart lefties, but not too many.

RBMN on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

ummmm, if they were smart they wouldn’t be “lefties”…

right2bright on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Ok, this is probably a dumb question, but I don’t know what people mean when they say “trolls,” are those people who are rude or something?

nswider on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Don’t change now, dear. We love you just the way you are. :)

Patrick S on December 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM

This is exciting! Very cool, it will be nice to have a larger bunch to debate and talk politics with.

nswider on December 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Plus I bet some of the campaigns of candidates that don’t have a lot of support at HA are going to be scrambling today to get their staffers registered.

Kataklysmic on December 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Hello! I’ve been waiting literally years to register.

Not from the US, but pulling hard for either Newt or Rick Perry from overseas :)

Johnimus on December 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Come on in.

Only some of us are creepy

blatantblue on December 7, 2011 at 9:14 AM

ummmm, if they were smart they wouldn’t be “lefties”…

right2bright on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Ain’t that the truth.

darwin on December 7, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Patrick S on December 7, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Thanks, and I love everyone at HotAir!!!!

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Favorite? How about less objectionable than others.

rbj on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

How about “the lesser of more than two evils”? Let’s go all the way while we’re at it?

manwithblackhat on December 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM

STEP RIGHT UP!

Good Lt on December 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Yeay!!! Giggles giddily. Finally!

I guess for once my inability to get to work at my planned time was a good thing!!

Hi All LOOONNNNGGGG time lurker… probably won’t be much of a poster but it will be nice to put my two cents instead of yelling at the screen in some threads :D

Off to work now!

/Waves

Achele175 on December 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM

I sure hope getalife returns today. I miss her cogent analysis of economic matters.

myrenovations on December 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Can the husband sign up from the same computer?

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Welcome, welcome!

*hands out “I Survived Melting Bunny” t-shirts*

Great to have you here!

pookysgirl on December 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Ok, this is probably a dumb question, but I don’t know what people mean when they say “trolls,” are those people who are rude or something?

nswider on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

really three types of trolls.

People who are generally obnoxious and insulting to others. They pick fights and attack others constantly.

Then there are the leftie astroturfers. They pretend to be conservative but then act or say obnoxious things to make it look like conservatives are bigots or haters.

The last group is the purely insane who hate anyone and everyone.

William Amos on December 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Yours is one of my favorite monikers.

myrenovations on December 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Outstanding! Long time reader of HA posts and comments, been waiting for the chance to start chiming in for quite some time!

Glad to be here!

jrader on December 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Can the husband sign up from the same computer?

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM

I don’t know. I don’t have a husband. :|

Patrick S on December 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM

William Amos on December 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Thank you :)

nswider on December 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Imagine how I feel?

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:09 AM

rcpjr on December 7, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Well, at least I can tell I registered 5 years ago (at age 51)
And I’m not really up to being DireWolf or TrollHarvester

tomg51 on December 7, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Ooo, fresh meat for Bishop! And just in time for primaries, general election campaigning and assorted merriment!

Welcome new ones!

So who will come back under a ghostie that has been previously banned? :)

karenhasfreedom on December 7, 2011 at 9:08 AM

It’s kinda fun spotting those who’ve been banned and are back for more. Though I’ve tended to lurk more than post over my short three years of registered-ness, even I can often spot ‘em. lol They don’t usually last as long as they think they will.

Kirin on December 7, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Cool. It’s been a while.

Mord on December 7, 2011 at 9:04 AM

That it has. Looking forward to some new viewpoints and such.

To the new HA noobers, Welcome to the jungle, baby!

And no worries…the inevitable trolls have always been taken care of rather quickly.

JetBoy on December 7, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Pookysgirl, lol

Excellent :)

cmsinaz on December 7, 2011 at 9:18 AM

nswider on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

“Trolls” are just people who like to stir up trouble, not simply argue from a different point of view.

Mord on December 7, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Absolutely Cindy, bring him in :)

cmsinaz on December 7, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Given that HA’s not requiring picture ID, I assume that this passes muster with the NAACP and that no protest will need to be lodged with the UN.

BuckeyeSam on December 7, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Can the husband sign up from the same computer?

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:15 AM

My non-expert thought is that I think so but he will need a different e-mail address.

DaydreamBeliever on December 7, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Hello Hot Air :)

cajun carrot on December 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Should I intro myself with the cliche “long time listener, first time caller”?

But seriously, thanks to Hot Air for opening up comment registration! This is an outstanding site and I’ve been a regular reader for a while. I’m not a chatty person, but it will be nice to add my $.02 every so often.

IndyJ on December 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Hello all! I have been viewing this site for a couple years and am finally glad it is open to registration. Thanks Ed!

dernst2 on December 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM

*tap tap*
Is this thing on?

Well, I’ve waited 2 long years for this day. And now that it has finally arrived, I have one burning question…

…what the heck have you guys done with crr6?

/

Flora Duh on December 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Newbie? Who’s calling who a… Wait, nevermind.

Yep, I’m a newbie. Take a guess where I’m from.

Hope to contribute good stuff to you guys, that is…I hope I can beat up trolls like the lot of y’all do.

UODuckMan on December 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM

what people mean when they say “trolls,” are those people who are rude or something?

nswider on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Not just rude. Trolls 1) use personal attacks instead of arguing the merits, and 2) ruin the thread by diverting from a substantive discussion of the issues. If there are enough of them, they can ruin an entire blog.

petefrt on December 7, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Welcome, y’all. :)

Patrick Ishmael on December 7, 2011 at 9:22 AM

I wonder how many we will pick up from the Obama campaign and the Occupy crowd.

DaydreamBeliever on December 7, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Excellent news.

john.frank on December 7, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Patrick S on December 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM

LOL! Okay, let me try this a different way, can more than one person sign up using the same computer?

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Oh, man I’ve been reading this site for years! So happy to finally be able to comment!

Joffen on December 7, 2011 at 9:23 AM

cmsinaz on December 7, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Now I have to decide if I want to tell him.

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Thanks Ed!

ps: Remember Pearl Harbor.

warobins on December 7, 2011 at 9:24 AM

So, good to have a few smart lefties, but not too many.

RBMN on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

ummmm, if they were smart they wouldn’t be “lefties”…

right2bright on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

You don’t have to be dumb to be a leftist. You just have to be shameless and unprincipled. :)

RBMN on December 7, 2011 at 9:24 AM

what people mean when they say “trolls,” are those people who are rude or something?

nswider on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

A troll is somebody who upon watching a YouTube video of somebody getting in a car accident would comment something like, “I hope they all died or were severely injured LOL.”

Good Lt on December 7, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Are you out there growfins?

Dr Evil on December 7, 2011 at 9:25 AM

I’m a noob. Please be gentle :)

oksooner on December 7, 2011 at 9:25 AM

If there are enough of them, they can ruin an entire blog.

petefrt on December 7, 2011 at 9:22 AM

But what about LGF? We’re all banned, yet it is a ruin anyway!
/

tomg51 on December 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM

When do we get an iPad app???

turbeda on December 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM

OK fine… but what is going to be done about the horrific moderation that is blanketly applied so arbitrarily?

… not to mention the antiquated system still in use here?

singlemalt 18 on December 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM

And no worries…the inevitable trolls have always been taken care of rather quickly.

JetBoy on December 7, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Hunting season is open, and no tag limit…

right2bright on December 7, 2011 at 9:27 AM

You don’t have to be dumb to be a leftist.

RBMN on December 7, 2011 at 9:24 AM

But it sure doesn’t hurt!

Naturally Curly on December 7, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Fresh blood is always welcome =)

Ugly on December 7, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Welcome, folks!

cjtony97 on December 7, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Whipeeee! Registered.

Casual_Collector on December 7, 2011 at 9:28 AM

C’mon Huntsman fans! We need your support!

:-) Welcome newbies.

Abby Adams on December 7, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Sweet!

AllAmericanMichelle on December 7, 2011 at 9:28 AM

LOL! Okay, let me try this a different way, can more than one person sign up using the same computer?

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I don’t think so. Shadenfreude said last night that you need to do it from a different IP address and he’s not wrong very often. He will probably have to register from a friend or neighbor’s PC but after he is registered, you guys shouldn’t have a problem commenting from the same machine.

(Ps. It would be fun if he used your same format for a handle. “______ Munford”)

Kataklysmic on December 7, 2011 at 9:28 AM

what people mean when they say “trolls,” are those people who are rude or something?

nswider on December 7, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Trolls ask too many questions, we have our eye on you…

right2bright on December 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM

G3TALYFE will return!!!

blatantblue on December 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Does that mean your registration will also work on Town Hall?

Tc0061 on December 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM

My friend asked me the ways in which Newt plans to shrink government. I couldn’t come up with anything.

EddieC on December 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM

I’ve been a long time lurker, figured I might as well take this rare opportunity to join. Been a fan ever since I randomly found reason.tv through your blog probably 2 years ago.
- Libertarian living in SoCal.

wolfgang on December 7, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Welcome!

tinkerthinker on December 7, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Are you out there growfins?

Dr Evil on December 7, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Forgot about that one!

gophergirl on December 7, 2011 at 9:31 AM

This is so exciting! Representing the great state of South Carolina. :-)

catquilt on December 7, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Trolls ask too many questions, we have our eye on you…

right2bright on December 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM

hahaha!

Mord on December 7, 2011 at 9:31 AM

It goes without saying that people who try trolling on their first comment will get banned right out of the gate

Aw, come on!

Can’t we play with them first?

Good Lt on December 7, 2011 at 9:32 AM

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