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.

Welcome to Hot Air, and we look forward to your comments!

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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

Welcome, royal flush!

TarheelBen on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Look forward to having fun with you guys and please overlook my spelling. Chuckle!

HonestLib on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

And I look forward to running your ass off in short order.

Libdie and verbaloon are my buds.

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

After being a long time reader it’s refreshing to finally have a voice!

border hawk on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

over/under on longevity?

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

Certainly before the next open registration.

By the way, welcome to the party.

CurtZHP on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

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

Devereaux on February 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Meh. Very meh. I’ve been here since the beginning, and let me tell you how it was…

/OldCoot

gryphon202 on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

First post!!!!! Whooo Hoooo, I’m somebody, I’m somebody!

OK, this may be nerdy, lame, or childish, but I have been reading here for almost three years, and I finally get to chime in. I am stoked!

You do not know me, but I know most all of you regulars from all your posts. You folks are the reason I am still here, so thank you for being my gang, even if you didn’t know it.

OK, enough of that. One personal question, where is RMW these days?

captnjoe on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Welcome fellow Michigander

NotCoach: I’m up in Iosco County. You?

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Yay I’m in

Will_Clinton42 on February 6, 2014 at 9:27 AM

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 9:22 AM

WUT!?

OldEnglish on February 6, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Hello! Been lurking for years, never had a chance to reg.

RSNTR on February 6, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Glad to be here!

ImmigrantsWife on February 6, 2014 at 9:27 AM

So how many folks are still around from the original registration way back in the day? I believe that I am in that group, just curious.

gator70 on February 6, 2014 at 9:27 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

Welcome!

TarheelBen on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Hello everyone. Glad to be on the boards.

zacmidnigh on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Long time lurker, finally in the limelight, and,
ummm… *blink*

Binhofer on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

here we go

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Oh, I am also a retired 21 year USN vet. Submarines.

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

HonestLib on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Spot the oxymoron.

Shy Guy on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Someone needs to scoop up SochiLib or some other amalgamation of the two travesties.

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Thanks for opening registration.

sweetpeame on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

so is today amnesty day? What kind of an example are we setting?

phatfawzi on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

NotCoach: I’m up in Iosco County. You?

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Oakland county.

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Oh, I am also a retired 21 year USN vet. Submarines.

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I’m also retired USN. I was in the legal profession.

TarheelBen on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

It’s about time you let me in! I’ve only given you guys a million clicks since 2012 after I found this place.

formulabuddha on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

I truly have appreciated being able to comment here and read others replies when my head was exploding. Welcome to new folks.

AnnaS on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

I will like to introduce myself…a liberal.

Good Morning

liberalrules on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

And I will eventually show you the door.

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 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! Could it possibly be…you also are a Wolverine fan?

wolverinefan on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Place is going start looking like Red Dawn with all the wolverines around here.

CurtZHP on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Good Morning capitalists!

Comrade Sterpin on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Oh, I am also a retired 21 year USN vet. Submarines.

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Welcome! Skimmer myself so p!ss off. There the niceties are out of the way so what flavor “O” or “E”?

Oldnuke on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Oakland county

Cool. Used to work in Southfield when I lived in Dearborn. My kid lives in Brighton.

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

HonestLib on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

No such animal exists.

M240H on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Oh, I am also a retired 21 year USN vet. Submarines.

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

That’s one of them secret boats that go underwater that the president blew the lid off of at the debates in 2012?

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Spot the oxymoron.

Shy Guy on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Guys really aren’t shy?

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Attn new commenters:

I hope many of you are strongly opposed to illegal alien amnesty. Would be great to see you all push back against the HotAir bloggers’ apparent indifference towards, and apparent acceptance of, amnesty.

Hope you are bringing with you that Michelle Malkin spirit.

bluegill on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

YES!

It’s good to get in FINALLY. I’ve been waiting for open reg and boom! here it is.

Looking forward to sharing my deep thoughts and insightful commentary with the KKKONservatives here.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

ConstantineXI, huh?

Be careful to be distinguished from Constantine, a sleeper troll.

22044 on February 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

After all these years, I made it! Mighty glad to be here!

retiredtom on February 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Oakland county.

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Hold it. You from Royal Oak somehow?

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

And I look forward to running your ass off in short order.

Libdie and verbaloon are my buds.

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Didn’t you get enough of this last night? ;)

ladyingray on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I will like to introduce myself…a liberal.

Good Morning

liberalrules on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

You have rules?

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Hi everybody. Just testing.

PhilMcCracken on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

liberalrules on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

You have rules?

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

All liberals have rules. Two sets. One for you and one for them. (Hint: their set is always a lot shorter.)

CurtZHP on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Ed,

I just read the terms of service and I hate to tell you but you’re apparently behind on sending me my Koch Bros checks.

gwelf on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

So far it’s two persons that have registered 30+ nics ea.

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Happy to be able to post. I’ve been following you guys for awhile especially on QOTD. I don’t make a habit of writing poetry or working with wood but I do have cats and I paint (pictures that is). I also know how to milk a cow and pluck a chicken although I haven’t had to do those things for awhile. Oh, and I have opinions.

crankyoldlady on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I finally registered after reading Hot Air for many years. I have learned a lot from reading the comments. It is quite enlightening to see many different opinions and we still have the freedom to think for ourselves. I do skim the ones that resort to name calling and putting others down. It is nice to have a forum for people to express thoughts. Preview is a nice feature.

MichiganBea on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I have been an envious reader of the comment postings on Hot Air for years. I appreciate that I am now able to lend my bitter clinger perspectives to the great debates which occur here. I look forward to many hours of pleasure reading, and now responding, with the provocative power of the pen. It should be at least nearly as enjoyable as toying with my assault rifles.

bobthm3 on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

formulabuddha on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Membership here is a priviledge. Don’t start off on your first post whining. Just a tip.

kingsjester on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 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

Sure it is!!

Run by RICH WHIIIITTTEEEE PEEEEEPLE!!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Hold it. You from Royal Oak somehow?

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

No. I’ve lived in northern Oakland county my entire life.

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 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

Just remember the old saying about any club that would have you has a member.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Good Morning

liberalrules on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

You have rules?

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Of course they do. They were written by some guy named Alinsky and dedicated to Lucifer. The prince of liars

Oldnuke on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

HonestLib

liberalrules

GLWT

22044 on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Woohoo! Thank you, Hot Air.

polly2150 on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Oldnuke on February 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

No, I was a conventional machinist mate surrounded by the nukes. Somehow that whole “math” thing at power school in the 80′s caused problems. I still remember my math teacher giving me my final grade “Well, petty officer, you almost passed this time.” So for punishment I was sent to the fleet…and worked in Reactor department. I did the work but they got the big bucks. After nine years at sea, I’d had enough and went to college.

How about yourself?

USNCVN on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

I will like to introduce myself…a liberal.

Good Morning

liberalrules on February 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Good morning.

Welcome to hotair.

gwelf on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Welcome fellow Michigander! Could it possibly be…you also are a Wolverine fan?

All MI schools get my tax dollars, so I’m neutral. I do dig those spiffy Wolverine football helmets. I got my degree while on active duty from the U of Maryland. Since my alma mater is now a member of the Big Ten, that’s where my rooting will go.

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

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Forgot I had that rolled up under the bed.

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

bluegill on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Ah, bluegill. I love bluegill. bluegill should never ever be banned, no matter what he says.

BigGator5 on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

You are all doomed to writhe in agonizing rhetorical defeat.

Mwuh-ha-ha.

GodlessCommie on February 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Welcome aboard, bubblehead! Retired FCCS(SW/AW), 22 years, myself.

Jeff Weimer on February 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Welcome to HotGas newbz.

LaughterJones on February 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Test

rick2340 on February 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Murphy9 on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

That’s cool.

kingsjester on February 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Hi everyone! I’ll mostly be a lurker, many of you usually post what I would like to say anyhow, but it’s nice to be able to join the discussion from time yo time.

moxievapor on February 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Hey. I have a voice now…

janxman on February 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM

God help us.

Midas on February 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Place is going start looking like Red Dawn with all the wolverines around here.

CurtZHP on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Good one. Michigan not really a hotbed of originality.

We should have a contest for best n00b handle though.

Lost in Jersey on February 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM

HonestLib on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Man, good one. There’s a rumor that there was one long, long ago… but it’s been pretty much discredited as an urban myth.

msupertas on February 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM

GodlessCommie on February 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Don’t bet on it, Breshnev.

kingsjester on February 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Hello and good morning to all new commenters.

Anyone bring coffee and sticky buns?

lynncgb on February 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Ah, bluegill. I love bluegill. bluegill should never ever be banned, no matter what he says.

BigGator5 on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Heh. Sarah Palin rocks!

22044 on February 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM

kingsjester on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Already herding socks?

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

HonestLib

Bahahahahahaha! Thanks, I needed a good laugh to start my day.

Doomsday on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Oh, I am also a retired 21 year USN vet. Submarines.

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I’m also retired USN. I was in the legal profession.

TarheelBen on February 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

A large contingent of former Navy on here. I like it!

USNCVN on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Knock. Knock. Does this thing work?

Golfman In NC on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Darn, I couldn’t get ProudToBeATruCon.

nobar on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Headin’ ‘em off at the pass, pardner. :)

kingsjester on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

<3 <3 <3 hello there <3 <3 <3

PollDancers on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

So how many folks are still around from the original registration way back in the day? I believe that I am in that group, just curious.

gator70 on February 6, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I’ve been here a while… how do you find out when you registered??

Welcome Newbs!

Ugly on February 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

No. I’ve lived in northern Oakland county my entire life.

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Oh.

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

OK, enough of that. One personal question, where is RMW these days?

captnjoe on February 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

LOL, first post, first spelling error. I am doomed to a life of mediocrity.

Let’s try this again: where is RWM these days?

captnjoe on February 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Awesome!
How do I sign up?

eforhan on February 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Hello everybody! Longtime reader first time caller! Hope everybody is well on this fine Thursday morning

LeeBelieu on February 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Ah, bluegill. I love bluegill. bluegill should never ever be banned, no matter what he says.

BigGator5 on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

The entertainment value has a price beyond rubies.

katy the mean old lady on February 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

i beleive all libs that register count as 2000 new obamacare signups. given the BLS and the HHS way of scoring things. i dont think ed releases your info to belarus tho, so theres that downside to being here.

t8stlikchkn on February 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Well, I’ve been waiting for quite some time. As indicated by my profile name, I’m a german citizen, who’s very much into American politics.

Not a day without checking HotAir multiple times, so yay, I guess. :D

GerGOP on February 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Oh.

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Does that make you sad? :P

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Finally caught open registration. 5 year reader first time comment. Look out Shad and Bishop.

Right on, right on, right on!

Franklin100 on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Thank you so much for this opportunity to sign on with this wonderful website. I will try to be a good commenter. ; )

Bmore on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Somehow that whole “math” thing at power school in the 80′s caused problems.

How about yourself?

USNCVN on February 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

I had the same experience at Vallejo. It was either the Math or the partying…not sure which.

kcewa on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Hello Everyone

USMC5954 on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

All liberals have rules. Two sets. One for you and one for them. (Hint: their set is always a lot shorter.)

CurtZHP on February 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

And their rules can be changed at any time if it helps their agenda.

DisneyFan on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Let’s try this again: where is RWM these days?

captnjoe on February 6, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Good question.

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

HonestLib on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Wow, I’ve been looking for one of those for years now – you’re the first!

Maybe.

Forgive me if I remain a bit skeptical – we shall see. :)

Midas on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

HonestLib on February 6, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Ain’t no such critter.

Lanceman’s going to have so much fun with you.

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GrannyDee on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Hello everyone!! So glad to be here!

Happy117 on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Oh, I am also a retired 21 year USN vet. Submarines.

307wolverine on February 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Welcome aboard, squid!

M240H on February 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Does that make you sad? :P

NotCoach on February 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Nope. Just thinking what the hell is northern Oakland county. Perhaps we can discuss OCCK sometime.

Lanceman on February 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

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