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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Check out drudge…. dear leader bowing to a report

Sky net here we come?

cmsinaz on April 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

I must say, reading OR threads are almost as fun as QOTD !! LOLOL.

pambi on April 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Wasn’t there one of these just a couple of days ago?

njrob on April 24, 2014 at 9:41 AM

One what? Is it missing? Well don’t blame me I never touched the thing! Bishop took it fishing and it got lost in a boating accident. Yeah that’s it!

Oldnuke on April 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

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.

How exactly can Ed & Co. keep banned trolls out? All they have to do is get a new email account and lie about their name and demographic info.

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Check out drudge…. dear leader bowing to a report

Sky net here we come?

cmsinaz on April 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Little early to be drinkin’ idn’t it?

Oldnuke on April 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Robot

Dang android

cmsinaz on April 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Welcome, maggots!

Ward Cleaver on April 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Surely we qualify as larve?

Decaf on April 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

You should try having a sense of humor.
Or at least not assuming nobody does.
You’ll be less anguished.

verbaluce on April 24, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Oh I have a sense of humor but it tends toward a wickedness that would simultaneously turn you white and get me banned here instantly if I were to let it loose.

Cindy shut you down so expertly that I’ll bet you pounded a hole in your keyboard.

Bishop on April 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Oh wow! It’s a banner day! I’ve followed HA for years but finally came across Open Comments Registration at an opportune moment! Thank you!

I guess this will get moderated!

GlutenMom on April 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

You had me worried. Glad to see you’re still around.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

How exactly can Ed & Co. keep banned trolls out? All they have to do is get a new email account and lie about their name and demographic info.

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Ed and Allahpundit have phenomenal cosmic powers.

(But itty bitty living space.)

Shump on April 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

I Bishoped both pages. Weird.

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM

It’s not needed. This place is gender and transgender neutral. And we don’t have stalls on the doors either – Why? Are you trying to hide something, comrade?

rhombus on April 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Obviously a government design. Its more efficient to have doors on the stalls.

BobMbx on April 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM

I know oldnuke…. gotta layoff the hard stuff

cmsinaz on April 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM

I think we need a Navigator…..

Electrongod on April 24, 2014 at 9:23 AM

How about an ‘x’ Navigator? ;-)

j/k. Not why I chose the username…

xNavigator on April 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

re-post from Page 1.

I have a personal policy that prohibits me from being the last poster on any page.

Sorta like an inverse Bishop.

BobMbx on April 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Ed and Allahpundit have phenomenal cosmic powers.

(But itty bitty living space.)

Shump on April 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

So there are 2 Aladdins. Cool.

(Hope they have separate itty bitty living spaces.)

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Check out drudge…. dear leader bowing to a report

Sky net here we come?

cmsinaz on April 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

cmsinaz:–:0

The Associated Press ‏@AP 1h

VIDEO: President Obama, Japanese robot have a go at soccer: http://apne.ws/1gThsMC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag2vk6coBpI

canopfor on April 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

How exactly can Ed & Co. keep banned trolls out? All they have to do is get a new email account and lie about their name and demographic info.

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

IP address?!

xNavigator on April 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I’m not calling anyone “noob”, this is just a comment site and there’s nothing to prove. Howdy Hey to everyone, my only advice is watch out for the Great Eye which sees all.

Bishop on April 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Welcome to the noobs. :)

If you’re a troll… or worse… a returning troll sock… this is for you: Just….

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Hello.

TinFin on April 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Welcome back Naruto Boy!

Akzed on April 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

This is like the third open registration this month. The vultures are circling.

ClassicCon on April 24, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Hopefully, none of Del’s howler monkeys will register.

It Burns on April 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM

iridescently yours,

greencalliope on April 24, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Welcome, that which appears to change colors as either one moves while staring, it moves while one stares, or the source of light illuminating it moves while one stares — or some combination of these.

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Yay! I’m finally registered!

Heavy_G on April 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

all of the really good comments on page 1 were in moderation and didn’t get displayed until the current page is 2.

varys on April 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Good Morning HotAir
Thank you for letting me join in. Been reading Hot Air for 4 years, finally got in, sheesh had to set the old alarm to do it. Hi to everyone!

Bakokitty on April 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Dude I made it. I won! I won! Woot Woot!

GtM on April 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Akzed on April 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Oh goody, we haven’t have any diatribes about the evil South in soooo long.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I guess they only moderate the first comment because my second comment was displayed immediately.

varys on April 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

TinFin on April 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Hello! Welcome to Hot Air.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

all of the really good comments on page 1 were in moderation and didn’t get displayed until the current page is 2.

varys on April 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Did one of your little birds tell you that?

Oldnuke on April 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Is Ed going to start giving out Gift Bags, like at
the Oscars?

ToddPA on April 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

FINALLY!!!!

DEHIII on April 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Welcome to all noobs. Darn, I won’t have access to HA for most of the day…

OmahaConservative on April 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Welcome to the noobs. :)

If you’re a troll… or worse… a returning troll sock… this is for you: Just….

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

This is pretty good too.

22044 on April 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Oldnuke on April 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Whispered in my ear.

varys on April 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

ToddPA on April 24, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Swag? At HA? You cant’ even get the ‘free’ T-shirt.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

You had me worried. Glad to see you’re still around.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

You see stuff. :) Last night, right? Hard night after that. There was walking and wrestling . . . more next week? Email will be up.

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

22044 on April 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

lol! Good morning ’44. ) It’s good to see you.

That is pretty good. ;)

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Hello comrades

Eva D. Struktion on April 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

I guess they only moderate the first comment because my second comment was displayed immediately.

varys on April 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

You’d better start taking notes cause I can tell you’re gonna have trouble keeping up.

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.

Oldnuke on April 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Surely we qualify as larve?

Decaf on April 24, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Welcome, larvae. :)

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

I’m sorry it was a tough evening… but delighted to hear that the email will be back up soon. I’ve been sending along a few anyway. lol! Just disregard unless you’re bored… except the one about the sci-fi project we discussed. That’s sort of important. :)

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Eva D. Struktion on April 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Nice one.

Horatia on April 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Ed apparently won’t let me have an additional nom. Axe, would you mind getting me one please? You can even pick the nom. Just make it a good one please.

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Welcome to the conservatives. To the would-be trolls: you’re gnats that make us laugh.

MisterElephant on April 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Feels good to join the fun here. I’ve also probably lowered the average age here by a good number of years :P.

Hillarys Cankles on April 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Welcome to all noobs. Happy commenting!

Oh, and one of you needs to volunteer to pick up all these socks strewn across the floor. :)

4Grace on April 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Good morning. :)Good to see you, Bmore.

He won’t let me have another one or change the one I’ve got, either.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Good to see you, B.

4Grace on April 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

It’s not needed. This place is gender and transgender neutral. Why? Are you trying to hide something, comrade?

rhombus on April 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM

(You saw my hand down there, right?)

Seriously, I have a lot of questions, being new here and all.

Why did two different people come up and ask me for my registration fee? One wanted $20 the other said $53.17- which is it?

Why do all the nametags say Hugh Janus?

Why did that guy with the bucket claim he was from the FD and knock my e-cigarette out of my hand?

Dolce Far Niente on April 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

*Why did that guy with the bucket claim he was from the FDA *

Dolce Far Niente on April 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

4Grace on April 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM

4Grace! Good morning. :) It’s so good to see you.

lol! Yes, indeed. Good idea. It looks like the big dryer at the laundromat exploded around here!

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Again with the open registration? Maybe the writing needs to improve rather than trying to stuff the comment threads.

#gheythread

Nutstuyu on April 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Feels good to join the fun here. I also probably bring down the average age by a good number of years :P.

Hillarys Cankles on April 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Good morning to you, Jackie! I hope all is well with you.

Yes, I think we’ve only picked up about 8 new commenters over the past couple of OR’s. All the rest are socks.

4Grace on April 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

4Grace on April 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I’m fine, 4Grace, thanks for asking. I hope you and yours are well, too. :)

You noticed that, too. :) They also seem to have a short shelf life.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

F I N A L L Y!!

THE ROCK has come BACK TO HOTAIR!!

ToddPA on April 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Ed apparently won’t let me have an additional nom. Axe, would you mind getting me one please? You can even pick the nom. Just make it a good one please.

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I think you’ve had enough.

Lanceman on April 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

New commenter here. I’ve been a faithful reader of Hot Air for years.

timbrie on April 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Sorry for your loss.

Nutstuyu on April 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Lanceman on April 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

LANCEMAN! :)

lol!;)

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Again with the open registration? Maybe the writing needs to improve rather than trying to stuff the comment threads.

#gheythread

Nutstuyu on April 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

They tried yesterday by stuffing us with 1001 Rand Paul threads. I’m sure the ghey ones will be back in short order.

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Ed apparently won’t let me have an additional nom. Axe, would you mind getting me one please? You can even pick the nom. Just make it a good one please.

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Dude, you just asked me to go around Ed in his own thread. :) –lol

So, um, no. :) You accidentally made it completely impossible. And that’s assuming I could do anything like that. Er, WHICH I CANNOT.

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Feels good to join the fun here. I also probably bring down the average age by a good number of years :P.

Hillarys Cankles on April 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

How’s that? Hillary’s Cankles have to be about as old as Hillary herself.

Welcome, nonetheless.

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

I’m fine, 4Grace, thanks for asking. I hope you and yours are well, too. :)

You noticed that, too. :) They also seem to have a short shelf life.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Good to hear. I’m fine, as well. Busy, but fine.

Just had a thought. Since you write for a living, how about you write up a tutorial on how to be an effective, entertaining, original and long-lasting sock? lol

4Grace on April 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Bmore on April 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

You should start linking your excellent instructions on how to use Hot Air for the new folks.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Good morning everyone. First comment here.

CivilDiscourse on April 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Feels good to join the fun here. I also probably bring down the average age by a good number of years :P.

Hillarys Cankles on April 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

…like the name!…gotta feeling you’ll be fun!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Please no more noobs.

Basement Dweller on April 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Feels good to join the fun here. I also probably bring down the average age by a good number of years :P.

Hillarys Cankles on April 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Welcome, Jailbait.

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Hey, all. I’m not sure how often I’ll be commenting in the future, but I’ll try not to act like a fool (I can’t help the ignorant part, except by only talking about what I know). I’ve been a reader for several months now.

unfinishedSymphony on April 24, 2014 at 10:20 AM

You should start linking your excellent instructions on how to use Hot Air for the new folks.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

…Perhaps he doesn’t want those to be known about.

Horatia on April 24, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Welcome, Jailbait.

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

LOL! Is that anything under 40?

4Grace on April 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Hey, I out-Bishoped Bishop.

*donning my Kevlar as I speak*

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2014 at 9:07 AM

….yes!…but now you will be prone…to injuries!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

4Grace on April 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

lol! That’s hilarious.:)

Of course, it would have to be predicated on a desire to see most of the socks stick around. From what I’ve seen of most of them, I’d probably find it difficult to manage the requisite sincerity.

That’s not to say there aren’t a few that should stick around… but for the most part… I’d be pretty hard pressed.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Good morning everyone. First comment here.

CivilDiscourse on April 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Nice to see you, CivilDiscourse.

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Well, here I am!

Let the games begin…

WestVirginiaRebel on April 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Hello! Happy to be here.

Mariadee on April 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

You’d better start taking notes cause I can tell you’re gonna have trouble keeping up.

Oldnuke on April 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

So you actually read instructions?

varys on April 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

I’m disappointed that they won’t let me have two user names, one to comment with and one to throw around. Oh well, I suppose one will have to do.

varys on April 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Good morning everyone. First comment here.

CivilDiscourse on April 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

No it’s not! It’s about the eleventieth or sumpin’. Besides if it was First you have to say

BISHOP!

And get off my lawn!

Oldnuke on April 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Welcome noobs… :)

Don’t listen to ‘Basement Dweller’…who’s been here about five minutes and now wants to close the door behind himself, apparently.

The more the merrier. :)

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Didn’t win the lottery but did win HA registration-hadda take the day off work just to become an exhalted one-will never out Bishop Bishop on QOTD I have to have my beauty rest because I’m the first to see my face in the morning. Now to mow the lawn, I’ve run out of excuses. Thanxz HA

Real Angry One on April 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

So you actually read instructions?

varys on April 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Well, we have to actually vote to pass the instructions to find out what’s in the instructions.

4Grace on April 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

So you actually read instructions?

varys on April 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Only after I’ve put the danged thing together and taken it apart a couple of times. Instructions are for those who don’t have imaginations and a sense of adventure.

Oldnuke on April 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Hello! Happy to be here.

Mariadee on April 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Hi. :) Happy you’re here, too.

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

unfinishedSymphony on April 24, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Welcome:) Good nom. :)

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Horatia on April 24, 2014 at 10:20 AM

LOL! I wonder why he made it?

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Good morning everyone. First comment here.

CivilDiscourse on April 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Welcome,welcome.

I hope you don’t believe in climate change cause you’re likely to get things thrown at you(and of course you would deserve it)

There are some pretty smart people here and they are funny.

jmtham156 on April 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Well, we have to actually vote to pass the instructions to find out what’s in the instructions.

4Grace on April 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

LoL

Exactly! And I didn’t think there had been a vote yet.

varys on April 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Jack prolly would prefer Jackie or something.

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Quick everybody, there is a great Clive Bundy is a racist thread. You can’t get better than that on your first day. Oh, unless Clive Bundy was a Gay racist.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Would I? lol! ;)

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

So glad to be able to comment on Hot Air. Have been a long time reader and so wanted to participate. Loved it during the first term of Obama when you had his weekly up-ohs. Just helped keep things light and humorous.

texal on April 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

For people who prove not to be trolls?

Horatia on April 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

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