By now, you’ve probably noticed our new profile system, rolled out in June. In the system, people who comment on Shanghaiist are segregated into two groups: those who have registered for a free account to post (who have their name or alias attached to each comment) and those who haven’t (who are universally called “guest”). As of this morning, Gothamist has rolled out another change, whereby guest comments are automatically not displayed for all users — to display them, you have to click “Show Guest Comments” below any post to display them, and a cookie will be set on your computer to always display them.
That small change is the next step in a slow phasing-out of anonymous comments here on Shanghaiist. Soon, guest comments will be disabled altogether and the only people who will be able to comment on Shanghaiist will be those who have signed up for an account. This is a natural and necessary step forward — since allowing guest comments, we have seen a noticeable uptick in comments that violate our commenting policy — and, really, registering is a painless process. It’s fast, free, and anyone can do it … and you only have to do it once. Please do sign up if you haven’t yet.
For those worried about privacy, please click here and scroll down to “Gothamist LLC Privacy Statement.” If you are still worried, remember that the Shanghaiist username you choose does not need to be your real name, and the email address you use for the verification process can be a random free email account you created just for the purpose of signing up.
If you’re a registered commenter, you’ll also see something new when you click “Edit Profile” in the top left corner: you can now upload a 100 x 100 avatar. For now, that icon will only be displayed on your profile, but soon it’ll be used to identify you in the comments for an article. Neato! Here’s a sample profile page.
As always, feel free to tell us how much you love or hate all of this in a comment. Play nice.
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