Comment registration is now open! Update: Closed

posted at 9:01 am on April 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Update: We’ve closed down registration for today, folks! We’ll do this again soon. Thank you!

Once more unto the breach, dear friends …

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 get this request a lot, 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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Still relying on my heating pad and pain meds. I can, at least, sneeze now without seeing stars!

Resist We Much on April 24, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Please be careful when it comes time to wean off the pain meds. I was on high doses of hydrocod0ne for LBP and the withdrawal nearly killed me. I was utterly depressed. Fortunately it only took about 2 days to get through it. Your doc might even do a short term depression med.

Murphy9 on April 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

I miss Meow.

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Welcome to Hot Air all new posters..:)

PS..Dont forget your door prize..:)

Dire Straits on April 24, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Still relying on my heating pad and pain meds. I can, at least, sneeze now without seeing stars!

Resist We Much on April 24, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Glad you’re healing!

Doc Holliday on April 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

PS..Dont forget your door prize..:)

Dire Straits on April 24, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Good afternoon Dire! Cruel, just cruel. ; )

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Is this from the back surgery or did something different happen? Back problems are a bear.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

No. A couple of weeks ago, I was pulling on something and when it gave way (I wasn’t even pulling very hard), I felt this ENORMOUS rip across my right chest. After 4 days of avoiding the doctor but enduring incredible ***white, starry, electric*** pain, I finally gave in and went to see him. It turns out that I tore the cartilage on my chest from right beneath my breast to under my arm. There’s nothing to be done but give it time to heal. A brace won’t even help.

RWM, thanks for all your posts here and at your “home base”. One busy lady, for having to be laid up. Continued wishes for a speedier recovery. {{{hugs}}}

31giddyup on April 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Thanks, giddyup!

Resist We Much on April 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on April 24, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Murphy9 on April 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Thx. It’s only been about 10 days or so that I’ve been taking it. I didn’t have a problem when I stopped taking the meds after my back surgery (about 3 weeks) so I should be good.

Resist We Much on April 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

<Hello to you. Nice to have you on board! If you can make any use of this in helping you enjoy your stay, please do. ; )
Thanks Bmore, very helpful.

stlady on April 24, 2014 at 5:33 PM

The POS system kicked me out weeks ago and wouldn’t let me back in. Anyone else found this problem?

conservative hispanic on April 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Okay so it’s going to take me a little while to figure this out.

stlady on April 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The POS system kicked me out weeks ago and wouldn’t let me back in. Anyone else found this problem?

conservative hispanic on April 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I haven’t been able to login in years.

Murphy9 on April 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Okay so it’s going to take me a little while to figure this out.

stlady on April 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM

It will happen. People here always help with it. Don’t be shy about asking about something when necessary. ; )

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Resist We Much on April 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Well that’s a big OUCH. Sorry to read that RWM. I was hoping you were just still mending from the surgery.

CoffeeLover on April 24, 2014 at 5:38 PM

stlady on April 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM

no worries….we all eventually get it. Welcome.

CoffeeLover on April 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

The POS system kicked me out weeks ago and wouldn’t let me back in. Anyone else found this problem?

conservative hispanic on April 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Yes. Mainly folks that have been banned.

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Well that’s a big OUCH. Sorry to read that RWM. I was hoping you were just still mending from the surgery.

CoffeeLover on April 24, 2014 at 5:38 PM

It blew my mind. I fell back on my butt and couldn’t move for 5 minutes. Everything was white…including me (like a ghost).

Resist We Much on April 24, 2014 at 5:40 PM

First post for moderation.

And we all know AP is all abouts the moderation…

ThomasD on April 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM

The POS system kicked me out weeks ago and wouldn’t let me back in. Anyone else found this problem?

conservative hispanic on April 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

The system is down.

kcewa on April 24, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Resist We Much on April 24, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I bet My back has gone out 2X and for the life of me I don’t understand to this day what I did. But I have a scrunched up face just reading that.

CoffeeLover on April 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I’m back. Still don’t see BCK…. Hi Sophie. Glad you are on the mend. Mend faster!

KCB on April 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM

welcome back KCB!!! Did you miss me/us??? lol

CoffeeLover on April 24, 2014 at 5:48 PM

welcome back KCB!!! Did you miss me/us??? lol

CoffeeLover on April 24, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Oh Yeah!

KCB on April 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Just in time to kill the thread. WELCOME ALL WHO ENTER!

KCB on April 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

;)

lol

CoffeeLover on April 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

The POS system kicked me out weeks ago and wouldn’t let me back in. Anyone else found this problem?

conservative hispanic on April 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Did you talk to a navigator? :)

Doc Holliday on April 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Bmore:

Then how the hell I got back in with the same screen name? Explain that, smart guy/gal.

conservative hispanic on April 24, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Then how the hell I got back in with the same screen name? Explain that, smart guy/gal.

conservative hispanic on April 24, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Maybe a wrong password. Maybe a typo? Male.

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Closed? I missed it AGAIN!

I’ll never get to bishbop.

Murphy9 on April 24, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Doc Holiday:

I tried to reset my password several times. I finally gave up. Only serendipity brought me over today of all days.

conservative hispanic on April 24, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Murphy9 on April 24, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Lol. No you won’t. ; )

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Oh good. Its closed. Guess I should have checked sooner. Welcome to all of our new members. May you prosper here. Please use this tutorial as needed to assist you in your HA experience. See you around. ; )

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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Murphy9 on April 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Murphy9 on April 24, 2014 at 5:55 PM

There’s always next year….

KCB on April 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM

testies, one, two?

Knighthawk on April 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Resist We Much on April 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Holy cow!! It makes me cringe to think about it. I hope it mends quickly.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Resist We Much on April 24, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Wimps all of you. You want to talk about pain? I could bring up my hangnail I got back in ’69; or my four marriages; or my three divorces; or even getting shot twice, but no one would care. But I tell you that hangnail really hurt. Don’t make me yap about my paper cut in ’52.

Nah, sorry about the bad stuff life brings and wish I could help.

HonestLib on April 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM

I finally got one! I’ve been waiting for this day for YEARS!!!

marshmallow on April 24, 2014 at 6:28 PM

HonestLib on April 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM

That hangnail…was it painful before or after you pulled on it?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Greetings and Felicitations, Noobs!!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

RWM, so happy to see you up and about again! We’ve missed you!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

The POS system kicked me out weeks ago and wouldn’t let me back in. Anyone else found this problem?

conservative hispanic on April 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I signed up last time, and never received an email. I tried the password reset, and still didn’t receive an email. This time it worked for me. Their system is very glitchy I think.

King Vidiot on April 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Hello and thank you for opening registration again so soon! For those who know MarshFox, I’m the little missus. Looking forward to participating.

MrsMarshFox on April 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

I finally got one! I’ve been waiting for this day for YEARS!!!

marshmallow on April 24, 2014 at 6:28 PM

You are now 1/2 of the way to being a s’more…time for a threesome and be all you can be!

Chuckle! “There is no “right” way to make a S’more. Anyway you like it, is the right way. This recipe is one that has been passed down through years of family and scout camps. If your children haven’t tasted them yet, then you need to make sure to bring the right stuff to make them for your next camping trip, because they are missing out on an American classic.”

Graham crackers, broken into squares
Hershey’s plain milk chocolate bars, broken into sizes to fit the graham cracker squares
Large marshmallows

HonestLib on April 24, 2014 at 7:13 PM

MrsMarshFox on April 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Welcome and it seems from your post Mr. MarshFox is a lucky guy. Why oh why is my poor wife so unlucky? Welcome and you will find nice folks here.

HonestLib on April 24, 2014 at 7:16 PM

HonestLib on April 24, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Because Mrs MarshFox got a special dispensation from Pope Ed. You should be able to get one for Mrs HL… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 24, 2014 at 7:21 PM

MrsMarshFox on April 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Oh welcome Mrs. Marsh Fox. Welcome, welcome! I was hoping you’d join us :)

CoffeeLover on April 24, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Hey Newtie!!!!

CoffeeLover on April 24, 2014 at 7:23 PM

MrsMarshFox on April 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Nice to make your acquaintance. Welcome on board. Say hi to MarshFox for me if you don’t mind. ; )

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Yay!
Happy to be here at last.

Cousin Pookie on April 24, 2014 at 7:48 PM

CoffeeLover on April 24, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Greetings, CL!!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 24, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Welcome pissants! Go fetch me a mocha blast.
Now.
*Wink*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 24, 2014 at 7:59 PM

MrsMarshFox on April 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Evenin’, kind lady.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM

The POS system kicked me out weeks ago and wouldn’t let me back in. Anyone else found this problem?

conservative hispanic on April 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I’m glad you are here.

ToddPA on April 24, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Hello and thank you for opening registration again so soon! For those who know MarshFox, I’m the little missus. Looking forward to participating.

MrsMarshFox on April 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Glad you are here also.

ToddPA on April 24, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Happy to be part of the family!

Krell1956 on April 24, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Welcome, n00est of the n00bs!!!

ProudinNC on April 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

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Murphy9 on April 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Murph, I can’t copy/paste those symbols on that page. I have to go to another page. I just tried again, too.

I have to use this page: http://fsymbols.com/emoticons/
And, a few others that I found after you gave that link before. Apparently, you can copy&paste. I don’t know what’s the difference??

avagreen on April 24, 2014 at 9:57 PM

I don’t know what to tell you avagreen, it copy/pastes just fine on my machine.

Murphy9 on April 25, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Friend… FRIEND!!!

Wing Chun Man on April 25, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Thanks for the welcome!

Wing Chun Man on April 25, 2014 at 12:21 AM

…Oops… newbie mistake…

Welcome! Nice to meet you. Schad, is one of the best. Enjoy the ride. ; )

31giddyup on April 24, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Thanks for the welcome, 31giddyup!

Wing Chun Man on April 25, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Wing Chun Man on April 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Do you do any other martial arts?

Horatia on April 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Hi Horatia.

Not really… not anymore. I did Tae Kwon Do for a few years, and then met a fellow who was quite awesome -his teacher’s protege- at Okinawan Shorin Ryu in college. After a semester with him, I’d advanced beyond the 2nd degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do instructor who’d been my instructor. I came to learn that TKD is really a sport, NOT a combat art… it’s usefulness in the real world is sadly limited. (Although advanced practitioners “real skill(s)” of course vary.) I learned some things about “negative ego” at that point, and moved away from TKD, learning a great deal from my OSR instructor (who was the ONLY white guy to get a Black Belt in the school, and the ONLY person his instructor EVER awarded a 2nd degree Black Belt to). Along the way, I dabbled in, and learned a little from Judo, Aikido, and Japanese Jiu Jitsu.

But when I encountered TWC (Traditional or “Cheung-style”) Wing Chun, I found the perfect system for me… absolutely scientific… it provides a complete and consistent system for understanding, applying and evaluating techniques. And in the 18 years I’ve been practicing, it proved itself in 5 different street fights I had (in as many years).

…Since I met my wife 11 years ago, I haven’t had a street fight since. She takes credit for it… but it really didn’t have anything to do with her… I just used to get around almost entirely by bicycle (die-hard fanatic) and/or on foot… and you run into more trouble that way than when you drive. Now, with her and with a kid, I drive 97% of the time, so I run into less of “those types” of encounters…

(Probably TMI, but… that’s the skinny!)

Wing Chun Man on April 25, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Test. For some reason I’m being told I’mm not logged in when I am. ??

avagreen on April 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Test. For some reason I’m being told I’mm not logged in when I am. ??

avagreen on April 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM

That’s it avagreen! It’s a done deal. You are banned with me and the rest of the commenters at HA. The great 2014 purge. Now what are we going to do?! :)

Clear your cookies or update your browser. Cleans up most hiccups.

Murphy9 on April 25, 2014 at 5:57 PM

trial and error test don’t laugh

Bakokitty on April 26, 2014 at 3:43 AM

short link.
i hope this worked

Bakokitty on April 26, 2014 at 3:55 AM

short link.

sorry to use your post trying to figure this out

Bakokitty on April 26, 2014 at 4:14 AM

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