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If you take out the racist, profane, unsupported and negative comments from this forum there won't be anything left.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 6, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Words of Wisdom: You gave a recipe for responding to comments you don't like:

"They copy and paste a line from another poster which they do not like


They post the name of the other poster, calling them out publicly

Then they give a snippy remark"

I will now follow this recipe to respond to your comments, so please forgive me if I resort to the dreaded "snippiness" to which you refer.

You said:
"The problem of "Calling someone a racist unfairly" is probably worse in this country than racism itself."

This statement is absolutely ridiculous and untrue. If you honestly believe that fear of being called a racist is WORSE than racism in this country, then I cannot imagine where you live. Why don't you visit an urban area, anywhere, or for that matter a rural area (I recommend Mississippi, personally), and then give us a report back on what you have discovered. Are whites huddled in their homes, afraid to leave for fear of being labelled the dreaded term racist? Or are blacks, hispanics, and other minorities systematically disenfranchised and suffering still from the taint that segregated schools and ghetto-like living conditions have brought them to? This bland "PC" backlash against civil rights doesn't hold water anywhere in this country.

As for blaming Obama's camp for racism, there are plenty others in the mainstream media and public who have called racism louder than Obama. I for one find the constant hints that Obama might be a secret Muslim, emphasis on his middle name HUSSEIN, etc., to be racist and bigoted. And I am white and not part of the Obama campaign.

Finally, if you truly believe that the problem driving people away from this blog is a lack of free speech or intimidation by other posters, than I most humbly disagree. Its people like you who post long, multiple uninformed diatribes that drive people away. See, I'm using my free speech to criticize yours. And I might be a little snippy, but that's part of the deal with the free speech. That's how it works, and to borrow a phrase from Hillary, if you don't like it "get out of the kitchen."

Posted by: Nicka | May 6, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Editors: The comments on this post are a great microcosm for what has gone wrong with this blog.

We have the typical racist comments showing up, the blaming of the other guy for all the nasty or stupid comments(Obama or Hillary, take your pick), the repetitive off-topic rants, and then Words of Wisdom posting multiple times basically the same idea, which by the way, is a bunch of malarkey.

I used to comment here at the beginning of the campaign, now I don't bother. As the vitriol has spewed forth on the trail, it has here as well. Jake D, Words of Wisdom, and other random trolls have ruined this site for those who would actually enjoy an honest and fair discussion of the issues.

How can you fix it?

Take a page from other websites, such as Gawker:

1. REGISTRATION. Make users register with email accounts, so at least it takes a while to post and maybe slows down some trolls.
2. MONITORING. No one from the WashingtonPost seems to EVER read the comments or in any way control them. So much garbage, hate, and drivel gets through your net. WashingtonPost needs to hire a few interns to police these comments if you want them to stay relevant for the average person.
3. BANNING. You MUST enforce this rule to police the site. People should feel that there are repercussions for their actions and their hate-filled speech.
4. LENGTH CONTROLS. The worst offenders post long diatribes and basically cut and paste other articles. Limit postings to a reasonable amount.

Personally, I believe that downright offensive, racist, bigoted comments should be banned and removed. Personal attacks don't bother me as much, because they are usually the result of someone behaving poorly. Its amazing how sensitive some posters are, after calling Obama or Hillary all kinds of horrendous names, when they themselves get a taste of that kind of treatment.

PLEASE fix this blog!!!!!

Posted by: Nicka | May 6, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

post length and registration both are good ideas.

McCain 2008.

Posted by: donttreadonme | May 6, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

To be honest, I do not know what prompted this Comment on Comments.


There have been problems.


However, there must have been complaints - it appears to me that a group on here has been successful in the past at intimidating other posters - and then suddenly posters started to push back.

What happened was first a round of ridicule, which this time did not work.

This ridicule is out of bounds and startes the bad atmosphere. I suspect that the Obama campaign has organized a presence here and instead of simply presenting their views, they have embarked on ridiculing posters who do not agree with them.

Take a look at what happened at Daily Kos.

The next round is the Obama people start with the fake names. They start making fake posts which they falsely sign to a name of someone who they do not like.


Again, this creates a bad atmosphere.


The next round came the "translator" - when they actually twisted the words around to make the other poster look bad.

NOW may I guess, this round did not work either, so they have complained to the Washington Post with a whole bunch of false charges ???


I certainly hope that if this is the case, the Washington Post has gone back and looked at the evidence.

By that I mean looked at the discourse, seen the ridicule, the fake postings and all the other tactics and realized that the personal attacks appear to be coming from the Obama side - in an organized way like someone is organizing people to sit here for hours and told them to ridicule.

It is almost like they have shifts.

Well from an objective point of view, these people and their tactics are out of bounds.


I am surprised that complaints did go to the paper - however it is clear to me at least that the complaints are an attempt to win when


1) Their positions did not carry the day in their eyes.


2) Their attempts at ridicule did not stop the other side


3) Their attmepts at fake postings and twisting words around did not work.


4) So now they complain.


Well sorry, they were wrong at the beginning, they are wrong now.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | May 6, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Well said, but a pity it had to be pointed out when the vast majority of commenters are, presumably, adults. Let the crazies stand on the street corner and exercise their unfettered free speech there. As it is, they're just polluting the boards here, and the Fix is not obligated to allow them to keep trolling. Take a look at the BBC's comment boards and the higher quality of personal input that effective editing can bring about.

Cheers.

Posted by: Bravo | May 6, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Huzzah for registration! Anything to get the whackos copying and pasting their screeds shut out. How many times must I scroll past the same ridiculous vitriol against Obama?

Posted by: Saddam - New and Improved | May 5, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

"If you take out the racist, profane, unsupported and negative comments from this forum, the Clinton supporters will be unfairly removed from the comments section! Be fair. Allow the Clinton followers to spew their unsupported garbage. In the spirit of democracy at least, if not for the entertainment value of their ridiculous rants!"


This is exactly the type of irrational and personal attack that I believe that Chris and the folks at the WPo are trying to end.

And for days I was personally ridiculed for pointing out the abuses at this site were out of control and needed to be monitored; they seem to have finally slowed down after the attention of the WPo.
Thank you for working to make this site one we can be proud to be a part of.

Posted by: Leichtman | May 5, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you *So Much* Chris. It's gotton so bad that when I look at the Fix's comments section lately, I often think "oh, I bet it's THAT pathetic guy again" when I start to read an especially obnoxious comment. And yep, when I see the name at the bottom my suspicions are confirmed -- the same petty people show off their small-mindedness over and over.

Making a case for one's candidate is appropriate, spewing ugliness like an undesciplined 12-year-old is not. Anonymity is no justification for meanness.

Posted by: a bit of restraint please | May 5, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The Press in general do not have the courage to reveal the truth regarding African Americans worrying for being labeled Racist.
The Politicians are doing the same.
In my opinion that behavior is bad for African Americans and at the end not good for America.
Why African Americans are poorer than White and Brown people?
Why numbers of African Americans in College are relatively low .
Why more African American are serving jail term than White ?
Why their rate of unemployment are higher ?.

Please tell them the truth. Is this because of Racism, of Discrimination? which make them angry, bitter and clinch to Religion and Guns as Senator Obama believes...

I wish President Obama would start a new generation of African Americans with two"Changes" , I should say two Missions "Hard working and Education"

Posted by: zien106 | May 5, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing about this is: several people seem to have several different ideas of what led to the "Comment on Comments"


At this point, we really do not know what sparked this - whether it was one thing or not.

Apparently there were some complaints.


There have been people on here posting under the names of other people - if you read through the comments, sometimes those people state that the comment was not posted by them.

This is not racism - this is an attempt to falsely claim someone else is a racist - it is a form of fraud actually.


Obama himself called for a national discussion on race


Now that he himself is running from that discussion is telling.


So when they can not end an argument by falsely claiming someone is a racist, is that bad for the discussion???

I think we should keep going - I want to pick apart Obama's Philadelphia speech - and make clear to EVERYONE exactly the line he was seeking to walk.

Obama is putting himself up for President -


Obama's decision making is fair game for discussion - the way he makes decisions fair game.

The fact that Obama brought his children to that church for so long is fair game - Obama's attempt to bury the topic is NOT fair game - it goes directly to what does Obama himself believe???

Obama's statements on Black Liberation Theology have not been adequate - not even close.


The most we have is the Philadelphia speech - which far from denouncing Black Liberation Theology, was actually winking at it throughout.

How about that Hannity interview with Rev. Wright dated March 1, 2007 - Wright is asked about his website which states there is a "Black Value System"


What is that?? Does Rev. Wright - and by extension we need to know what Obama thinks - do they think there is a separate "White Value System" ?????

What is Black Theology ???


I would like to believe that it is a form of Christianity - however in that Hannity interview Rev. Wright appeared to state that Christianity was part of the "white culture."

Wright did not expand.


Hannity started to point out that Marin Luther Kinds "content of one's character" would support ONE value system, not one black and one white.

This is the kind of stuff Obama and his wife have been bringing their children to hear.

Fair game. We have a right to know what kind of President Obama would be.

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 5, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Chris --

Thank you for your comment on comments.

These forums truly are an electronic town hall.

We applaud you!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

One of the biggest problems here is the point at which the Obama people appear to believe they are losing the point - that is when they start up with the racist charges.

It is out of hand.


The problem of "Calling someone a racist unfairly" is probably worse in this country than racism itself.

The Obama campaign has perfected it.

Somehow, the Obama campaign wants to be able to do whatever they want, but they want immunity.


The Clinton people have to watch what they say, they can't unintentionally say anything or you know what will happen.


Geraldine Ferraro - case in point - no one believe she is a racist - however she made a point on a very valid issue and they slammed her.


THAT is RACIST - it is RACIST against Geraldine Ferraro because it is saying that she does not have the same Freedom of Speech because she is white.

These crazy people want to reverse the First Amendment - they want to build up a list of words you can not say.


More than that - they want it a mystery which words are no good - so they have control over the points of an argument.


Such charges should not be allowed as a means of winning over an issue.


It is time to push back - The Obama people are well aware that they are getting away with things they should not.

I hope the editors of the Washington Post think clearly on this issue.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 5, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

fascists

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I want to state again, it appears the Obama campaign has people on here who do this:


They copy and paste a line from another poster which they do not like


They post the name of the other poster, calling them out publicly

Then they give a snippy remark


The same person seems to be doing that over and over again for hours.

I like the lack of registration because it blunts the effects of psychos on here who want to get personal.


That is a benefit.


Posted by: Again | May 5, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

One last thing: if this problem has been caused by people "pushing back" against the Obama people that should be recognized.

The Obama people, perhaps the campaign itself, have been the bullies of this campaign.


Sorry that is the truth.

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 5, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse


When there are people on the forum who say they are the "translator" and attempt to twist the meaning of posts around just to get other posters angry that is out of control.

The worst of it just MAY be coming from the Obama campaign.

The editors of the Washington Post should review what happened at the Daily Kos - I believe that would give some insight into exactly what strategies the campaigns are up to.

Obama's campaign just MAY be at the heart of all this nastiness.

I intend to hold my ground. I believe the Obama posters are stuck and they run back to figure out what to say.

To be honest, I am sick of how they are talking to people.

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 5, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The problem is: when the Obama campaign carries on a racist whisper campaign, that is OK with the media.


Reverse racism is apparently OK within the Democratic party.

The other problem here is clearly that the Obama campaign has people on here who single out people, and respond in a snippy way - they sit there for hours and harass posters until they go away.

A similar thing happened at the Daily Kos - the Obama people were so personal and so mean the forum disintegrated.

Taking someone's name, cutting and pasting a sentence and making a mean comment is not discourse - it is an attempt at intimidation and an attempt to shut down discussions.


I have no problem with anyone stating an opinion and then supporting it.

The snippyness has to go.

Period.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | May 5, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
At the moment this blog appears to be answered by reasonably intelligent people. So I would ask a question that I hope that the brainwashed scum posters will leave well alone.
I heard for the first time +/_ 2 days ago on this or another blog the name Huma Abedin. As a foreigner this name means nothing to me.
Before you go screaming homophobe I am not going down that road.I seriously do not know who this young lady companion of HRC is. I do not wish for any theories about her or any other persons sexual orientation. That is a private matter,that can only be answered by the lady herself, so please leave well alone.
My question is based upon a simple wikipedia search which delivers no information at all.Yes I can find links that take me down a path I do not wish to explore.
So , could somebody please supply:-
1 Actual Date of birth of H.A.
2. Qualifications at her american university.
Thank you

Posted by: informationrequested | May 5, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

In case you didn't notice, last year when registration was instituted, the hijackers, trolls, etc. simply registered and continued to post.

I'll be interested to see what 'new and improved registration' is. Registration is registration. The concept comes straight out of the Post's Sales & Marketing Departments.

As to the Editor of The Fix. Thanks, Chris!

It isn't that difficult for us to separate the wheat from the chaff. I look forward to The Fix coverage of the Conventions and the Fall campaign. Well, maybe not the Conventions anymore.

Posted by: Nor'Easter | May 5, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"We are working on the registration issue. We plan to roll out an improved version of it soon."

Thank you WashingtonPost.com Editors, you know, if that's who you really are!

Posted by: Dave! | May 5, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Well since all the Obama supporters think that the Clinton supporters are racist, poor, and ignorant and since all the Clinton supporters think that the Obama supporters are a bunch of kool-aid drinking kids...what the heck does that say about what this election has come to be about. Americans hating on Americans because they have a difference of opinion. But we have all fed into this ignorance by hating people who are trying to make this country better regardless of their tactics and I mean this for Barack and Hillary. Get off your damn high horse voters...get back to the issues and stop with all the childish personal attacks. You are adults right?

Posted by: Over this | May 5, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA WAS THE ONLY CANDIDATE TO SIGN THE DICK CHENEY ENERGY BILL. HE WAS PAID BY EXXON EMPLOYEES TO REFUTE THE GAS TAX HOLIDAY BILL. THEY EMPLOY HIS CHAMPAGNE MANAGER AXELROD. OBAMA WILL QUADRUPLE OUR ELECTRICITY BILL USING THE DICK CHENEY PROPOSALS.

HILLARY SAYS MAKE THE OIL COMPANIES PAY FOR IT AND FARMERS, TRUCKERS WOULD BENEFIT GREATLY.Airlines ,too

Obama tells me 18 cents/gallon offers very little help, but it will trigger excess consumption? I wouldn't hire his economists to mow my lawn.

Obviously you don't have a Ph.D in Obama Economics. Obama Econ 101 says: 18 cents/gallon is negligible in real dollars. Obama Econ 102 says 18 cents drop will indeed cause people go out and waste massive amount of gas at such a cheaper rate at $3.25/gallon.

Obama played basketball in Elkhart, Indiana-joking that he was a "pressure player" as he knocked down several shots,
although he lost the game to a local 14-year-old.

Posted by: David | May 5, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

18 cent per gallagl for the airlines adds up to allot.

Posted by: tom | May 5, 2008 4:04 PM


you have that right.. truckers too,,especially the ones who owns and drives these trucks,,filling up costing them 500.00 or more.....I suspect they would like this tax relief off the bill right now.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

unfair: just for your information the so called racist comments we all agree are totally wrong and inappropriate have repeatedly been posted here and have had HC names pasted in the sign in box by some jerks deliberately trying to stir up antiClinton sentiments. It has happened to me and numerous other Clinton supporters who have immediately responded that they were not their posts and I have communicated that tactic to the WP moderators who are trying to stop it.

Whoever is doing it has succeeded b/c they have convinced someone like you that they were coming from HC supporters, who I know have immediately condemned them each and every time, when they were not.

It is just as likely but there is no way to prove it that those tactics have been done by immature Obama supporters to turn their supporters to blame the Clintons and their supporters who condemn such language, just as you have demonstrated. Its been going on now for several weeks here and the moderators are well aware of that stunt, but don't just fall into that trap that SOME here are desperately trying to do, to win your partisan advanatge.

Posted by: Leichtman | May 5, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: tom | May 5, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

And the comment by lucygirl1 illustrates EXACTLY the sort of comment that keeps me away from here. How is that useful, relevant, or even true?

I saw this entry to "The Fix" and hoped against hope that the Fix comments was on the upswing. Alas...

Posted by: Jersey Brian | May 5, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I agree with renu1--the "clogging" of the boards by a small handful of posters often dissuades me from chiming in or even reading the comments section.

I'm against anything that prevents somebody from airing an opinion on here, but when posters keep rewording and reposting the same basic (frequently off-topic) comments, over and over, I'm all for it if the moderators want to step in.

Some judgement ought to be exercised here. If a post makes a relevant point or is somehow useful to the discussion, great. But the Clinton/Obama/McCain bashing has gotten out of hand and needs to be mitigated.

Posted by: Jersey Brian | May 5, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Here is what Senator Obama's First Super Delegate has tried to Communicate to Senator Obama about his opposition to the Gas Tax holiday. At least in Hawaii this superdelegate feels that Sen Obama is wrong and out of touch. Interesting comment by one his own supporters:

A Frustrated Rep. Abercrombie Has Advice for Obama
Hey, Obama Campaign, Look, Over Here!

Would the Obama campaign please hush and listen to Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) for crying out loud? He's desperately trying to tell you something - but you won't listen. In fact, you won't event take his phone calls.

"I call all the time but I never get through," a wildly frustrated Abercrombie tells the Sleuth.

Abercrombie, an old friend of Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) parents -- they went to graduate school together at the University of Hawaii -- proudly claims to be the first member of Congress who endorsed Obama for president. But he says he and other Obama surrogates in the House are fed up with the campaign constantly ignoring them.

"We're seen as people who don't know much about politics. We only manage to get elected every other year," he griped. "It's not like I'm Mr. Know It All, but..."

Pick up the phone, Chicago! Here's a dose of what you'll hear:

On Obama's opposition to a gas tax holiday, Abercrombie says "Don't belittle people who are looking to save twenty-five, fifty or a hundred bucks. Don't give them the impression you're belittling them."

"People want to hear what you're going to do for them. Senator Clinton is doing that," he says.


Posted by: Leichtman | May 5, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Gas tax paid for by oil companines is a no brianier for farmer and truckers. The rest of us it may help with the high price of food all around. Clinton is allot stronger than the obama /carter approach to things. I rememebr the Iran hostages and we had to wait for Reagan to get elected to get them out. Nuff said.

Posted by: robin | May 5, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse


Well...The WAshington Post told these Obama people they were smarter than the Hillary voters and they read it so much they even got to thinking they were....you can see by their comments..they are not very smart....like the old saying goes...you can't make chicken salad out of chicken manure

Posted by: lucygirl1 | May 5, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Thank you! Monopolization of the Boards by people like JakeD made for very boring reading of mindless comments. I think registration and banning would be very worthwhile in making the Boards readable. However, I don't think the Post should necessarily ban racist comments since that would ban free expression. On the other hand, if a handful of users are clogging the Boards with hateful comments, then those users should be banned. It is the repetitiveness of certain users (i.e., JakeD) that is stinking up the place.

Posted by: renu1 | May 5, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

One small remark: four years ago my company sent me to Detroit on business trip. Now I am flying to Bangalore.
Just to set the case clear.

Vote the same dinasties that brought you here!!!! Nice work they did.

Posted by: Gio | May 5, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, I am writing from Europe. I am not American, I do not vote. Just to set the case clear. I am considering how divisive are getting the democratic primaries, considering that in this funny game (seen from here) Clinton has nothing to lose (after all she is playing with your money. She did put a cent of hers!!! Poor as she is). She will probably still lose the primaries, but will have done such a damage that Obama may not manage to beat McCain (none of you does really believe Clinton will help in November, right?, naive you are but there is a limit. They did not campaign for Kerry, remember?). Clinton will claim that she was more eligible, and she will run in 2012. Meanwhile you will have another disastrous 4 years government, the rest of the world will have registered that if you get upset you may "obliterate" Iran, like the good old cowboys you remained, and that for Americans "having balls" is an elegant way of expressing someone who is willing to fight a lost battle with someone else's money and at someone else's costs. Congratulations!!!!
And my compliment to Howard Dean, who not knowing what else to do, is going on TV smiling and laughing as if he ignores they are straight going to lose this elections with all the Clinton's negativity and her cheap demagogy (does she have balls as american journalists elegantly claim? she should force oil company to reduce gas price, not taking money out of your pockets (American, taxes are your money!!!!)).
Meanwhile the world is watching and a big part spurns you. Go ahead this way!!!

Posted by: Gio | May 5, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | May 5, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Biden

...couldnt resist.

Posted by: dab, ny | May 5, 2008 1:30 PM

I have the perfect first line for Biden's acceptance speech:

"It's a privilege to accept the nomination to run with such a clean and articulate candidate."

Posted by: flarrfan | May 5, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"maybe limiting length would work."


CW says size doesn't matter.

Another election year myth debunked?

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 5, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Huzzah for dignified argument. Bring back registration.

Posted by: ccarter333 | May 5, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

My understanding is that registration broke when the WaPo upgraded to a new version of WordPress or Loseable Type or whatever blogging software they use.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 5, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

wp.com editors wrote:
"We are working on the registration issue. We plan to roll out an improved version of it soon."

Excellent. I, for one, look forward to an improved version of registration.

Posted by: bsimon | May 5, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

If you take out the racist, profane, unsupported and negative comments from this forum, the Clinton supporters will be unfairly removed from the comments section! Be fair. Allow the Clinton followers to spew their unsupported garbage. In the spirit of democracy at least, if not for the entertainment value of their ridiculous rants!

Posted by: Unfair! | May 5, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Restricting length is a great idea!

btw,

Obama/Biden

...couldnt resist.

Posted by: dab, ny | May 5, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

If half the postings are pre-prepared Rants that have nothing to do with the topic, maybe limiting length would work.

Posted by: thebob.bob | May 5, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Popularity has nothing to do with it.

Posted by: Mike234 | May 5, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

" initially found it confusing that The Fix has a different process."

The price of popularity.

Posted by: bsimon | May 5, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree you should return to registration. When I post comments on other stories in the Post, I get the message that "Your name (or whatever) will appear with your comment," etc, and it seems to work fine.

I initially found it confusing that The Fix has a different process.

Posted by: Mike234 | May 5, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Please don't ban me, Mr Editor. :)

or maybe i should say...

Don't Ban me Bro!

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 5, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Blarg. Registration worked well and was less labor-intensive than having to monitor and remove offenders. If registration removal was intentional, as Dave! has surmised over the past few weeks, then it's sole purpose seems to have been maintaining job-security for Fix staffers as hall monitors. How undemocratic.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | May 5, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

After last week's shenanigans with people hijacking "signatures", I think I'll wait until registration returns before jumping back in.

Posted by: P Diddy | May 5, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

We are working on the registration issue. We plan to roll out an improved version of it soon.

Posted by: washingtonpost.com Editors | May 5, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

So bring back registration. The blog was still far from perfect with registration. But now people can post anonymously, or imitate others, or create sock puppets, or otherwise be annoying. Several of us demanded registration last year because the blog was becoming unusable without it, and the situation is far worse now than it was then. The first step towards fixing the problems here is to bring back registration.

Posted by: Blarg | May 5, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Well I thought about testing this new policy out under this thread but reconsidered prior to hitting the submit button!

So are we to conclude, CC, that the change from registered email and mandatory signing to this was intentional?

Posted by: Dave! | May 5, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Thank You!!!

Posted by: This is why I love The Fix | May 5, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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