Comment registration is now open! Update: Closed

posted at 12:00 pm on February 6, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

As of now, the books are open at Hot Air!  Those who want to add their voices to our comment sections can now register to join our community.  We’ll keep it open until 4 pm ET today.  First read our Terms of Service, and if you agree, register through this link and follow the steps.

Here are a few things to keep in mind.  When you register, we will e-mail you a password.  It may take a while (anywhere from a couple of minutes to an hour or so, depending on the traffic this open registration creates) to get your e-mail, but it will come to you from “mail-at-hotair-dot-com.”  Please check your spam and junk folders if you do not get the e-mail in a reasonable time, as it is almost certainly there if not in your inbox.  At that point, you can comment, but we have to approve your first comment from moderation before you can post any others. That will take us some time to do, so don’t start shooting us e-mails about how your comment didn’t appear.

If you do not see the message, please e-mail us at “tips-at-hotair-dot-com” from the e-mail account you used to register so we can find your account, and we’ll try resending you the password. Please do not ping us on Twitter, as we can’t help you from that platform.

Also, please note that  if you have been banned before, you will not be approved for commenting now.  We are not going to re-litigate 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.

One final note, to both newbies and veterans: the best way to prevent trolls from disrupting threads is to ignore them. Do not get into name-calling exchanges, because that’s exactly what they want to happen – to make the entire thread about them rather than the topic, and to get you in position to get banned as well. Do not take the bait. If you see a problem, drop us a note on the tips line, but please be sure it’s trolling and not just reasonable disagreement or tit-for-tat ad hominems.

 

Here are a few other points from earlier open registration days:

I’ve registered but not yet logged in.  Can I do so now?

Yes.  Everyone who had not yet logged in should have received a password reset mail that will allow them to log into the system and comment on our site.  If you have not received it, please check your spam folder, as many of those who didn’t see the e-mail ended up finding it there; it came from “mail-at-hotair-dot-com”.  However, if you still don’t see it, you can just click on this link to generate a new reset e-mail.  Don’t do this if you’ve already successfully logged into the system.

Why is your registration policy so restrictive?  Why not just have open enrollment all of the time?

While we have a big disclaimer on our comment threads, we do like to maintain some decorum there.  The only people available to police the comment sections are myself, Erika,, MK, and Allahpundit, which we have to do while still doing all of the writing that takes place at Hot Air.  If we had open registration all of the time, we’d have a lot less time to write, or we’d have to just let the comments sections go wild with trolling and other issues.

Why did you only have registration open during business hours?  Some of us aren’t able to use the Internet at that time for various reasons.

Well, if the problems we experienced on earlier attempts didn’t convince you of the wisdom of doing this when support staff was available, nothing will. It’s handled that way to have a maximum of manpower on duty when it’s most needed for this work.

What if I have read Hot Air every day for years and yet somehow missed the open registration window that was active for seven hours, er … again?

We plan on having another one in the near future.

I changed my mind about my user name and now want to go by “Hot Gas.”

Stand in line; we got about a dozen of these requests already, and even we thought about changing our name.  Seriously, though, the username is the key field in the database and cannot be edited.  If you made a typo when entering it, we can’t change it now.

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Burp…

Mahdi on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Seriously, where’s the action around here?

Cause this thread is about as dead as Hillary’s libido.

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Try one of the, you know, political threads…

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

scooter.

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 8:11 PM

scooter.

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Say it again!! You can do it. We use people like you for excuses to play drinking games. I bet you can say socon again too.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Hey eric,, which one is you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7PmAZnO3Po&feature=youtube_gdata_player

wolly4321 on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

I have a massive ego.

My saving grace is my inherent belief in a Higher Power, coupled with the knowledge that I’m usually proven right.

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Well, I’m usually proven right, too, as are quite a few others here, and it hasn’t much to do with “ego” (I don’t have any illusions about myself). And since ego’s not much of a problem I don’t care about being “liked”. To the “new” people: welcome, and remember this is only an Internet discussion forum, after all. Say / type your piece, and be done with it. Just don’t come in here and tell us how we have to support whatever GOPe idol of the moment, as happened with the last open reg. It seems we went from 3 or 4 Mittbots to a few dozen overnight.

ddrintn on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

This is funny!! I like it! Thanks :)

http://tinyurl.com/n423v2b

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Seriously, where’s the action around here?

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

There’s not much until there’s a Palin thread, or an atheism one or acreationism vs evolution one.

ddrintn on February 6, 2014 at 9:17 PM

* a creationism

ddrintn on February 6, 2014 at 9:17 PM

There’s not much until there’s a Palin thread, or an atheism one or acreationism vs evolution one.

ddrintn on February 6, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Or a queer thread. HotGayGas can’t get enough queer/fatman/dope.

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Say it again!! You can do it. We use people like you for excuses to play drinking games. I bet you can say socon again too.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Get to a meeting. Keep coming back, It works if you work it.

This is funny!! I like it! Thanks :)

http://tinyurl.com/n423v2b

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 PM

You’re a dynamite chick, dude. :-)

Thanks back atcha.

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Hey is QOTD up yet? Lol :)

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Dude, I likes ya ‘dude’!! :)

See you around…

So blunt! Hahahahahahaha!

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:19 PM

At times I’m happy and sad
At times I’m warm and cold
At times I’m alive and dead
At times it’s all in my head…

No. Friggin. Shite.

You nailed my decade, sweetie.

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

At times I’m happy and sad
At times I’m warm and cold
At times I’m alive and dead
At times it’s all in my head…

No. Friggin. Shite.

You nailed my decade, sweetie.

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

My bad. Shoulda included the link.

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Get to a meeting. Keep coming back, It works if you work it.

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

I will if you say “scooter”. You know you want to.

With all your bravado I think it’s safe to assume there’s at least one man in Hollyweird with a small pecker.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Oh, and new people: don’t just come in, type “it’s great to get in at last!!!” and then disappear. Don’t be shy…

ddrintn on February 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I will if you say “scooter”. You know you want to.

With all your bravado I think it’s safe to assume there’s at least one man in Hollyweird with a small pecker.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 PM

You’re assuming, of course, that I claim to have a large “pecker.”

Therein lies your mistake, my friend.

I’d say “thanks for playing,” but I loathe cliches.

You, however, seem to relish them. So…

Thanks for playing. Do try again.

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Nahhhh.
You can come stand off to the side with me.
I wish I could change my name to Threadkillah.

Jomama on February 6, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Ohhhhh, no standing off to the side. Uh-uh.

ddrintn on February 6, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Wow. I read up to page 11. Will read rest tomorrow if it is still around

I also know how to milk a cow and pluck a chicken although I haven’t had to do those things for awhile
crankyoldlady on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

We need you. When it is time, you will be notified

Raise your hand if you were a HotAir reader back when Michelle Malkin would post Vent

ITguy on February 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Hand. Except my computer doesn’t do videos, but I feel as if I had watched them

I enjoy Doctor Who, Star Trek, Shakespeare, Mortimer Adler, Thomas Aquinas, and Aristotle.
RockinRickOwen on February 6, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Please, not the phone booth. Anything but the phone booth

Man, the system is messed up. Replies appear before comments.
Schadenfreude on February 6, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Me too. What was the question?

Ever since the salem acquisition things have gone off the rails.
Lost in Jersey on February 6, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Why would a group choose a name like Salem? Not that I am superstitious

This is, like, the happiest day of my life.
…Well, maybe top 100. But it’s still up there.
He Who Some Call A Traitor on February 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Dang, we got Edward Snowden! One word: thanks

entagor on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Thanks for the open registration. I’m looking forward to joining the conversation.

walkinthepark on February 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Ever since the salem acquisition things have gone off the rails.
Lost in Jersey on February 6, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Why would a group choose a name like Salem? Not that I am superstitious

entagor on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I always think of a pack of cigs when I see the name. I had a prof who chain-smoked Salems.

ddrintn on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Seriously, where’s the action around here?

Eric in Hollywood on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

.
There’s not much until there’s a Palin thread, or an atheism one or acreationism vs evolution one.

ddrintn on February 6, 2014 at 9:17 PM

.
. . . . . don’t forget “same-sex-marriage” … that’s a biggie.

listens2glenn on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 PM

This place was so much better when there were, oh, maybe 200 of us back in 2006(?) or so.

Anyways, newbies, bow down to us old Hotair coots!

SouthernGent on February 6, 2014 at 9:37 PM

What ‘Burb?
We’re escapees from Chicago Heights.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Hi annoyinglittletwerp, used to reside in Hinsdale in DuPage which was okay. Moved to Lagrange which is a lovely little town, but in my field of work I got to commute to the Loop daily. Taxes and the general lack opportunity or vision of the future, and I can’t wait to get out of here. Funny, Texas is at the top of my shortlist of escape destinations. We are headed to Detroit as fast as rahmbo and springfield can take us.

stopitchris on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

is QOTD up yet? Lol :) Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Hopefully Lourdes shows up wasted tonight. ;)

wolly4321 on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

25 pages of newcomers.

Wow.

Well, welcome, y’all.

MichaelGabriel on February 6, 2014 at 9:44 PM

wolly4321 on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

That would be a trip wouldn’t it now! Eh! Yeah… :)

Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:48 PM

is QOTD up yet? Lol :) Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Hopefully Lourdes shows up wasted tonight. ;)

wolly4321 on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

That would be epic…

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM

It’s easy to lose the people you know in the static of so many comments.

I guess it will settle down soon enough.

Think I saw a few legit good people today.

But I sure wish RWM would come back.

Anyway,, I’m pretty new myself. So I welcome the new folks. I waited years to get on here too.

It was worth the wait.

wolly4321 on February 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM

wolly4321 on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Then y’all deal with her. I’m goin’ to bed early. It was like a room full of puppies around here today.

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 9:58 PM

stopitchris on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

There’s plenty of room, lots of jobs(Lubbock-where I live-has a sub 5% unemployment rate), and it’s conservative-friendly!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Then y’all deal with her. I’m goin’ to bed early. It was like a room full of puppies around here today.

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 9:58 PM

No, cozzimo! You show up for QOTD!

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Wow, I’ve waited for what seems like years to comment here, now I’m almost speechless…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOTDn2A7hcY

callmepaul on February 6, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Then it better hurry up and get here.

The inside of my eyelids are going to play Debbie Does Dallas. And with the technology in my head the role of Debbie has been switched with Suzy Holub.

cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I’ve only been banned once, and that was ALT’s fault. ;)

wolly4321 on February 6, 2014 at 10:08 PM

It was like a room full of puppies around here today. cozmo on February 6, 2014 at 9:58 PM

You could go all Putin puttingndown the strays. ?

wolly4321 on February 6, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Will a noob Bish QOTD?

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM

I’m not reading all 25 pages of comments. What did I miss?

txag92 on February 6, 2014 at 10:34 PM

I question the timing…

Know It All on February 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

I missed another doggone registration! I’ll never get in here!

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Lolz! What makes you think you’re in here now dude? ; )

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I question the timing…

Know It All

This made me laugh. Not sure why. It just did. ; )

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

A tip for all of the new commenters:

In the headline section of this blog, if you click on the little number next to the headline, you can reach a comment page for each article. That comment section is different than the comment section down here in the main blog, which you are currently looking at.

bluegill on February 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Now I am turning this off for the night. Welcome to you all!

bluegill on February 6, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Amnesty for LibTards®

8thAirForce on February 7, 2014 at 3:10 AM

Cool. I was stationed in Yokosuka 1989-92. I’ve often thought about returning to teach English.

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Pleasure to meet you. I came to Yokosuka in 2001 and was just starting to enjoy the country and then 9/11 hit. The next three years after that are just an endless blur of memories of me being out to sea and on missions after that. Wasn’t really able to enjoy Japan until about 2004 when I went to a shore duty billet also in Yokosuka. I work on the base, but not as a teacher. Teaching in Japan can be pretty challenging, but I know a few folks that have made a go of it here teaching and they do really seem to enjoy the work.

sailwind on February 7, 2014 at 4:58 AM

Welcome latest crop of commenters. As my long time esteemed commenters will verify you can see me as your shepherd – helping you maneuver through the difficult and complex issues of our time.

Cheers and Heidey Ho

Bradky on February 7, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Thanks for Opening this Up. I don’t know how many years I have strolled over to Hotair.com and read an article that had something to do with me and couldn’t comment. As well as providing an ability to post information about a subject matter, these forums also serve as a bit of a relief valve for frustrating issues.

Nat George on February 7, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Amnesty for all, do the new comers get voting rights.

phatfawzi on February 7, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Nat George on February 7, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Welcome on board! May this place serve you well. ; )

Bmore on February 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Testing 1, 2, 3, …

Methos on February 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Thanks for Opening this Up

testing

tej on February 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Methos on February 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

tej on February 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Welcome to HA!

Bmore on February 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

still breathing

murrayjones on February 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Am I too late for the party? I will eat day old snacks if you have any left … They have to be gluten free, though.

AAAAAAAAAH! I’m so excited!

I’ve been addicted to HotAir since just before they passed … THAT BILL. (Nancy makes my intestines crawl).

I gotta say thanks to Ed for this website. The articles are great and the comment section is always fun to read. God bless you all … even the trolls!

Also, I hope you don’t change the format because HotAir is one of very few sites my goofy eyes can actually tolerate.

I may not post a lot here, mostly because I don’t want too many people to find out how warped I am, but thanks for letting me join in the conversation once in a while.

wutzupdak on February 7, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Damn Darn it….missed open enrollment again.

Maybe next year…

MaxSplinters on February 7, 2014 at 9:03 PM

To Eric in Hollywood, if he is still listening

I go way back and I do not remember having to run a gauntlet to post on HA. I do not remember being labeled a noob. Noob is a noo word. When a bunch of people talk about you, where you can hear them, they are perceived as a clique. Because they are. Doesnt make them bad. But the natural reaction to having someone who doesnt own the high school decide if they will let you be a student too, is WTF?

I hope you wont leave. I am a socon, a bible quoter, and a nitpicker. I like the way you wanted to fight back. Even though the fight wasn’t worth it. If someone wants to talk about you like you are not part of the group, you arent. Fight for ideas, not acceptance. Never argue with a person. Argue with ideas. Ideas belong to no one so they are not personal, unless you allow it

To paraphrase the French philosopher, never argue with a [restricted membership group] because you will have to argue on their terms, and on their terms they will always win [in their opinion]

I look forward to hearing your ideas. I bet we will disagree. Hope you like Bible quotes. I like hard science too. And cats. I am interested in determining the probabilities that the US can right itself at this stage of the game. There are too many variables, and the culture is so fragmented, there is no agreement even if America should still be a nation. At HA you can argue the points.

I see America becoming ancient Rome: bread, circuses, mercenaries and decadence

HA is not as easy as it used to be, because the moderators are moving in directions counter to the original blog. That is why it is worth staying. You will find yourself in a blog that itself is giving up on many conservative precepts. Very good training if you want to fight for the grand old nation

entagor on February 7, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Hi ALT:) I’ve lurked for years but finally registered mainly so I can tell you to go over to the condiment aisle and get Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Two tablespoons in 8 oz water / add sugar or honey and use a straw/ three times a day. Like juice in the morning and before you eat. I started week before Christmas to lose weight but discovered I didn’t need my inhaler in the night anymore then day. I didn’t refill advair and use Proventil SOMETIMES. It has many benefits / heck may help the shingles!!! Get well. Ill still be a lurker;) I’ve lost 9 lbs easy / it’s melting off:)

suzinnm on February 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I saw your post. I have just started using apple cider vinegar after a friend asked me to research. This was a big fad years ago, and I found the original book that started it all: Folk Medicine A New England Almanac of Health Care from a Noted Vermont Doctor, by D.C. Jarvis, M.D. Published 1958 (on amazon). I was a skeptic, but came out believer. I find the treatment will stop a cold. It has reduced inflammation. I am sending a copy to a brother, a retired surgeon. The basic science still holds. Cant wait to see what he says. We have the same health problems. I am betting he will try it

I use Braggs also

If you haven’t read the book it is delightful. I feel much better following the advice. Jarvis documents what folk used to eat and how they learned from the animals.

entagor on February 7, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Welcome latest crop of commenters. As my long time esteemed commenters will verify you can see me as your shepherd – helping you maneuver through the difficult and complex issues of our time.

Cheers and Heidey Ho

Bradky on February 7, 2014 at 5:42 AM

.
Something about the blind leading those with 20/20 vision, comes to mind

listens2glenn on February 7, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Testing 1, 2, 3, …

Methos on February 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

.

Thanks for Opening this Up

testing

tej on February 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

.
Welcome to HA!

Bmore on February 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

.
Shhhh . . . . . ( whispering ) . . . . . don’t listen to Bmore … it’s all an elaborate trap . . . . . like the “Hotel California” . . . you’ll never get out . . . . . flee while you still can ! . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on February 7, 2014 at 10:57 PM

GET OFF MY LAWN

John the Libertarian on February 8, 2014 at 12:22 AM

listens2glenn on February 7, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Yeah, how the firetruck is he going to lead anyone when you have to say Palin three times for him to show up.

Cindy Munford on February 8, 2014 at 1:09 PM

A big Welcome to HA for all you new ones! It’s gonna cost you big bucks to get out. Suckers! ; )

Bmore on February 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Wow, thanks.

TexasRick on February 8, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Great advice newbies…..and welcome to those who made the cut…LOL

Twana on February 8, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Ah Peggy you know it is the mystique that draws people to me. Lol

Bradky on February 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Last . . . . . HAH !

listens2glenn on February 12, 2014 at 2:52 AM

is QOTD up yet? Lol :) Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Hopefully Lourdes shows up wasted tonight. ;)

wolly4321 on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

That would be epic…

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM

You people are losers. I don’t drink but you all seem entirely too familiar with substance abuse to be taken as anything but utterly deranged.

Have a nice day!

Lourdes on September 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

is QOTD up yet? Lol :) Scrumpy on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Hopefully Lourdes shows up wasted tonight. ;)

wolly4321 on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM

That would be epic…

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Oh, I forgot, you’re “Christian”. Riiiigght. Sure you are. I’m sure the creep from Omaha will be pining away on the Sunday threads. Have another drink, Omaha, you’re as Conservative as Scrumpy and wolly and the guy in the White House is.

Have a nice day being insane!

Lourdes on September 19, 2014 at 7:56 PM

“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
- Neil Armstrong

QuoterMeister on November 3, 2014 at 11:30 PM

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