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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A hardy Bishop to all you noobs.

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Fresh meat!

Del Dolemonte on February 6, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I’m going to have to buy some cheap imported sundials by the gross…

oldroy on February 6, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Sound the Troll Horn!!

DERP DERP DERP DERP DERRRRRRRRRRRRPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!

HumpBot Salvation on February 6, 2014 at 9:02 AM

So it begins.

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

The Great Sockpuppet Migration of ’14 begins!!

PetecminMd on February 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

No good can come of this :P

Defenestratus on February 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Great. Here come the Drones.

the botnet on February 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Burn baby burn.

Imrahil on February 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Would someone please explain to me us what all this “Bishop” stuff is.

Galtian on February 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Howdy from Possum Holler.

Yall come on in, lessin yous a Prugressive Baby eating Liberul troll.

But evurbody else….come on.

PappyD61 on February 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Hey Ed, I hope you have enough hamsters to keep the servers powered.

Imrahil on February 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Grind your lions

Lost in Jersey on February 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

The Wind Blew, the Sh*t Flew..and there stood a Troll.

Damn, my Cowboy Poetry does come in handy!

O.K., Senator Reid, where’s my Government Check!!

ToddPA on February 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Against my better judgement I signed on to post this, my first and last intervention.

JackBissell on February 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Barack HUSSEIN Obama is a blithering idiot.

Actually that’s unfair to blithering idiots, but unfortunately true.

Aha! it worked!

ConstantineXI on February 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

YAY! Finally got in!

Glad to be here. I like pina coladas, taking walks in the rain, and setting you moron KKK’ers straight on your outdated worldviews.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Just got my welcome email. Awesome to finally get in!

Henry D. Case on February 6, 2014 at 9:07 AM

The Wind Blew, the Sh*t Flew..and there stood a Troll.

Damn, my Cowboy Poetry does come in handy!

O.K., Senator Reid, where’s my Government Check!!

ToddPA on February 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

You’re reward will not be in the form of a check, but in the opportunity to forgo employment so you can stay on the public dole.

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:07 AM

YAY! Finally got in!

Glad to be here. I like pina coladas, taking walks in the rain, and setting you moron KKK’ers straight on your outdated worldviews.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

How very revisionist 1970′s of you.

ConstantineXI on February 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

i can finally get an alias for my alias.

phatfawzi on February 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Testing… Testing…. Is this thing on?

OrdinaryAverageGuy on February 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

YAY! Finally got in!

Glad to be here. I like pina coladas, taking walks in the rain, and setting you moron KKK’ers straight on your outdated worldviews.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

I’m convinced! Thank you for helping me see the errors of my conservative ways!

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Hey there y’all! Long time lurker here…definitely on the SoCon side of the FiCon/SoCon divide (although a FiCon as well, for the most part). Look forward to adding my own tidbits of idiocy here!

philosoph0123 on February 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Keep your powder dry, trolls coming with dnc talking points.

crosshugger on February 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

OK, got the e-mail in mere seconds. Very nice service!

DisneyFan on February 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Just got my welcome email. Awesome to finally get in!

Henry D. Case on February 6, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Welcome. Did you check the troll box when applying?

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Would someone please explain to me us what all this “Bishop” stuff is.

Galtian on February 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

You get a prize if you’re the first post on a new thread and you post the word “Bishop!”.

Not sure what the prize is, exactly…

There will be a quiz on this later.

Del Dolemonte on February 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Good morning all. I’ve been reading this site for several years (I like to think of them as the Dark Ages) but never able to register as I missed the window. Every now and again work intrudes on fun stuff.

Anyway, looking forward to the debate, but rather disappointed that the sycophants are not as rabid as they used to be, with the exception of a few (oh Libfree, where art thou?) Maybe reality has actually set in regarding their “Utopia?”

USNCVN on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Maaatt Daaaamonnnnnn!

Darksean on February 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Welcome to the new folks!

ExPat on February 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Mic Check 1 2 3
Mic Check 1 2 3

PajamaBoy the Destroyer on February 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Comment registration is now open.

RELEASE THE KRAKENS!!!!

timberline on February 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

After years…my life now feels complete!

Ricard on February 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

How’d you get back in?!?!? You were banned years ago!

ladyingray on February 6, 2014 at 9:12 AM

testing 1 .. 2 .. 3

corona79 on February 6, 2014 at 9:12 AM

ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG

Good Lt on February 6, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Man, right out the door. That is fantastic! I didn’t realize you were such an early riser. I usually hit the water after my first cup of coffee as well.

USNCVN on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Well, that was easy.

Untamed_Shrew on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

This will be a mess…

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Do not take the bait.

Wise words.

BacaDog on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Ah. Happy, eager noobs!
Enjoy. Keep it interesting.

freedomfirst on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Been lurking since 2007 on a daily basis and been waiting for years to join the discussions(s). Used to post a lot at RCP and HuffPost, but both sites became nasty echo chambers. Unlike, Livfree; verbie; nonpartisan; and such…..I will try to present my real world view of liberal thought and some behind the scenes reasons why Dems do what we do! Look forward to having fun with you guys and please overlook my spelling. Chuckle!

HonestLib on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

It’s Sock Puppet Thursday!

Yaaay!

No Truce With Kings on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

My patience has paid off (I’ve been waiting what now…like 2 years?). Hello all.

Copperwood on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

After years…my life now feels complete!

Ricard on February 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

THREAD WINNER….good job newbie.

ToddPA on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Test

Ben Hur on February 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Well, I thought it was easy. My first post didn’t show up. What gives? Did I do this right?

Untamed_Shrew on February 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Woop woo!! I’ve been waiting for evah to get on here!! Thanks Hot Air

Publius_jr on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

How’d you get back in?!?!? You were banned years ago!

ladyingray on February 6, 2014 at 9:12 AM

howdy Lady.

Speaking of banning, apparently Panther was banned yesterday.

ToddPA on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Good morning, kids!
Welcome, new kids!

I’ve only been here sporadically the past week or so. Where is Axe?

herm2416 on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Would someone please explain to me us what all this “Bishop” stuff is.

Galtian on February 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

You get a prize if you’re the first post on a new thread and you post the word “Bishop!”.

Not sure what the prize is, exactly…

There will be a quiz on this later.

Del Dolemonte on February 6, 2014 at 9:09 AM

The prizes are fabulous! However, they will be promptly hijacked by a person called dire and the aforementioned Bishop.

katy the mean old lady on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I’m invisible!

Untamed_Shrew on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Welcome to the club!

sadatoni on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Oh, there I am.

Untamed_Shrew on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Welcome! :)

Spannerhead on February 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM

1K comments or bust…

Welcome and Blessings to all the newbies. :)

22044 on February 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Brave

Valiant on February 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Been lurking since 2007 on a daily basis and been waiting for years to join the discussions(s). Used to post a lot at RCP and HuffPost, but both sites became nasty echo chambers. Unlike, Livfree; verbie; nonpartisan; and such…..I will try to present my real world view of liberal thought and some behind the scenes reasons why Dems do what we do! Look forward to having fun with you guys and please overlook my spelling. Chuckle!

HonestLib on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Welcome! You sound like fun!

katy the mean old lady on February 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Say hi everyone! I’m not a frequent commenter on blogs, but when I do comment, I use words. So there is that.

warkle on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Glad to be here. I like pina coladas, taking walks in the rain, and setting you moron KKK’ers straight on your outdated worldviews.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Hey! You might want to go easy on the High Karate.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Welome, noobies.

The White ZOne is for loading and unloading only.

And, do not mention the name “Sarah Palin” to bluegill, nor expect a reasonable discussion with a poster named verbaluce.

The restrooms are located at the back of the plane.

kingsjester on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Yay! I don’t know what I’m doing and I’m excitied to be doing it!

louieny on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I’m in.

Wolverine’s my name and bashing liberals is my game. I hale from God’s Country (aka Michigan). I look forward to sharing thoughts with the great minds of this forum.

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

HonestLib on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

over/under on longevity?

Henry D. Case on February 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

test

Grammar Nazi on February 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

My new procrastination mechanism has been enabled. Hello from Hot Air!

Sig Sour on February 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

After years of quiet watching I finally enter the fray, probably to little effect. But hey, somebody has to be that guy.

that guy on February 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

The restrooms are located at the back of the plane.

kingsjester on February 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Um, I didn’t know that…I suggest no one open that door in the front of the plane…

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

howdy Lady.

Speaking of banning, apparently Panther was banned yesterday.

ToddPA on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Howdy, Todd!! I saw that as it unfolded! Was a sight to behold!! :D

ladyingray on February 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Oh snap, n00bs! Run everyone!

Just joking. I was a “n00b” here myself. Happy commenting!

BigGator5 on February 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

I’ve waited over a year to register, and now that I’m finally here, it’s almost as I’ve joined a country club!

royal flush on February 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

I’m in.

Wolverine’s my name and bashing liberals is my game. I hale from God’s Country (aka Michigan). I look forward to sharing thoughts with the great minds of this forum.

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Welcome fellow Michigander.

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

I will like to introduce myself…a liberal.

Good Morning

liberalrules on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

HumpBot Salvation on February 6, 2014 at 9:02 AM

hurray… a new batch of trolls for us.

And, probably just as stupid as the current crop.

I can hardly wait… /

CPT. Charles on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Welcome! You sound like fun!

katy the mean old lady on February 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Katy’s here!
We can get this party started!

ToddPA on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Greetings all.

Welcome to the newbies.

GrannyDee on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

definitely on the SoCon side of the FiCon/SoCon divide (although a FiCon as well, for the most part).

philosoph0123 on February 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

So you’re part of the No Labels crowd then?

Lost in Jersey on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

How come there isn’t open registration all the time? Some of us only get the privilege to lurk for a long time and not join in on the fun.

Untamed_Shrew on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

howdy Lady.

Speaking of banning, apparently Panther was banned yesterday.

ToddPA on February 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Howdy, Todd!! I saw that as it unfolded! Was a sight to behold!! :D

ladyingray on February 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

There was much rejoicing :)

22044 on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

what’s up? im new

LXXIII on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

That will stay with me for the rest of my life. Now do you see what I mean by respect?

ElectricPhase on February 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Ok, who nicked the bride’s scold!?

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Untamed_Shrew on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

In order to keep the Liberal Trolls and sock puppets to a minimum.

kingsjester on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

How come there isn’t open registration all the time? Some of us only get the privilege to lurk for a long time and not join in on the fun.

Untamed_Shrew on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Because Hot Air selects only the finest trolls for registration. They must be vine ripened to perfection with a specific aroma that only the most discerning moderator can detect.

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

22044 on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Yes, there was.

kingsjester on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

I finally get to post on Hot Air!
I feel this thrill going up my leg!

Jab Otinsky on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

LONG time observer, first time commenter. Happy to be here!

Devereaux on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Well, I thought it was easy. My first post didn’t show up. What gives? Did I do this right?

Untamed_Shrew on February 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

I see you. Welcome!

TarheelBen on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

How come there isn’t open registration all the time? Some of us only get the privilege to lurk for a long time and not join in on the fun.
Untamed_Shrew on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Limited enrollment keeps the quality of commenting high. It would be nearly impossible to have to spend so much time moderating messages from people who kept getting banned and reregistering. The comment section would go downhill fast.

bluegill on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Welcome.

Try not to take it personally when our liberal commenters call you a racist.

gwelf on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

PajamaBoy the Destroyer on February 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Love this nic! Well done.

Why did Panther bite the dust?

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Let the fun begin

ledbylight on February 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

royal flush on February 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

This ain’t no country club…

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

HonestLib on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Heh, no such thing. But kudos if you become the first ever.

antipc on February 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Crossover children. All are welcome. Come in to the light!

Brat on February 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

I remember my first time…..

Oh, and commenting too.

tru2tx on February 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

USNCVN on February 6, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Welcome birdfarmer, are you a nuke?

Oldnuke on February 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

6 hours of non-sto trolling yesterday.

kingsjester on February 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

it’s funny. when I first came here like 5 years ago I was a hardcore up-and-down conservative. Now that I can finally make comments, I notice the bias on the right as much as the left lol. The bias in the right started becoming really apparent during the 2012 election when we were all certain the polls were skewed in favor of Obama… hahaha… Funny looking back now.

LXXIII on February 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

This ain’t no country club…

OmahaConservative on February 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Yeah, the first clue should be that they let me through the doors.

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

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