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You may have noticed this requirement come into effect at other blogs here, but as of tomorrow morning -- sometime between 7 and 10:30 a.m., I'm told -- you'll need to be signed into your account before you can post a comment on this blog.

Don't have a registration? You can create one in a minute or two.

We're doing this to stop comment spam -- the incredibly annoying phenomenon of irrelevant comments that exist solely to advertise somebody else's site. Most of these comments point to sites advertising the same fraudulent goods and services you see in e-mail spam: drugs, porn, pirated software, blah blah blah.

The filtering software we use catches a lot of this stuff, but it's also had bad weeks when I had to junk hundreds of posts myself. Our recent move to stop accepting comments on posts older than a week has helped a lot, but apparently other blogs here still suffer major problems.

If this registration requirement also limits the number of non-spam, but irrelevant, uninformed and flame-bait comments from strangers parachuting into blog posts, so much the better...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 22, 2008; 5:30 PM ET
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So does that mean everyone has to post under their user name? Or is it simply the general WaPo account and one can continue with pseudonym handles for blog posts?

Posted by: ah | October 22, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I use a tag name - JkR - that I prefer to my e mail address name. But I haven't figured out how to alter my name when posting in the comments section of the stories. Will that feature, - customized posting name - be an option? Or will JkR cease to exist?

Posted by: JkR | October 22, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Boo. I won't be posting comments anymore, then.

Posted by: A | October 22, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

In the recent article where the WaPo endorsed Barack Obama, over 3,000 comments were posted -- far too many for me to even desire to review the comments chain.

What number or percentage of those comments qualified as comment spam. To quote something reliant from another blog site [and give credit for its origin] COULD arguably qualify as comment spam ---- or no ?

Posted by: brucerealtor | October 22, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, ah still seems to work.

Posted by: ah | October 23, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I got 'wiredog' as my WaPo account name years ago. So I'm good...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Weird. Not logged in, but no option to enter a name, so I post as an AC, as they say at /.


Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Well, I'll see how this works myself. I'm not logged in, so will I show up as anon.?

- Rob Pegoraro

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm Rob Pegoraro and so's my wife.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm logged in. Do I show up as 'wiredog'? Or anonymous?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Good! The fewer and more relevant,* the better. No point blogging if you can't practically read all of the responses.

*If it's not irrelevant, is it a hippopotamus? Or for equal time, a donkey?


Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

This is good--so now it's all anonymous?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Testing, 1, 3, 2.
It's almost like they made these rules, but didn't check to see if they would work. I hope the Department of Homeland Security is more effective.

Posted by: Anonymous ONe | October 23, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

testing, testing, can you hear me now?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 24, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Bote Man votes "yea".

Posted by: Anonymous | October 24, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I agree with your new policy. It's annoying to read inane comments that don't contribute intelligently to the article or advertise their blogs. I wish everyone had the same policy. I congratulate you and

Posted by: ivan47ronin | October 27, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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