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An Update on Comment Registration

Many people in The Fix community have emailed me over the past few months wondering when registration for comments would return on the blog.

We have good news!

By the end of this month, registration should be re-instituted on The Fix, meaning that if you want to make a comment you'll need to have a username and password through

Hopefully, when registration returns it will weed out some folks who simply spam the comments section -- making it more difficult for people who are trying to carry on a civilized dialogue.

As always, however, the best way to make the comments section a real forum for trading of ideas, which is what we all want, is for Fixistas to take it upon themselves to be as polite as possible to one another and try to urge less frequent visitors to respect that tone.

For all of you who have stuck with me and The Fix during the (accidental) suspension of registration, we thank you.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2008; 7:37 AM ET
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Gee, how about requiring an IQ test?? (just kidding . . .). Well, if not that, maybe SOMETHING can be done to improve the quality of discourse here. For the record, there seems to be absolutely no end to the idiocy on both sides of the political divide.

Civilized dialogue . . . what a concept!

Posted by: old white male democrat in WV | July 14, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, look forward to the reinstatement of the login policy at The Fix. I suspect some long-absent contributors will return once the new system is in place.

With any luck, a few of the consistent participants in the absence of registration will disppear - or consolidate into one identity...

Posted by: bsimon | July 14, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Unless someone will be moderating the posts, it won't make any difference...

Posted by: RickJ | July 14, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Chris, I agree with "scrivener." I was the one who suggested such idea but I agree with him. Technology is that crazy these days: You have no idea.

Posted by: Premier | July 14, 2008 4:50 AM | Report abuse


Chris: There's a huge downside to registration.

Technologically savvy hackers, both private and public, possess the know-how to spoof IP addresses, key-capture passwords, etc. Experience has taught me that these forces can and do wreck havoc by altering posts, and, can even invent counterfeit posts using real user names and passwords.

They have the technological ability to even change passwords. Trust me on this.

I am having major headaches because this is happening to me, especially on another site on which I blog.

Your site already is being stalked by paid disinformation specialists whose goal is to harm the credibility of real people and to diminish the impact of certain political views and positions.

Registration will complicate this situation, because those who have been targeted in this way will constantly have to change passwords, if not user names.

Your open system may allow multiple posts and spamming, but you know, Chris, it's never bothered me. You can see through the artiface of spam, and as for multiple posts, I think that's a benefit, because it allows posters to hit various dayparts without having to scroll through past threads.

I know WaPo is firm on registration; but I thought I'd warn you about what's likely to happen. Now let me proof this, and see if it comes through clean, or altered.

A suggestion: Tell your tech writer to do a story about this troubling phenomenon, which may have as its ultimate goal the diminution of the credibility of anything that's posted to the Internet.

Posted by: scrivener | July 13, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Selena, your not kidding CNN allowed six. That's not normal with so many positive comments is it?

Posted by: Jax | July 13, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

WAPO and Chris are salivating already. Obama and the new Media Machine working overtime to put a silk hat on his head. If there is racism Chris and WAPO don't see none! How would it look then if Obama is doing this. It's bad. Real bad for Obama!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 13, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

As a Hispanic I tried posting about Hispanics possibly having a problem with voting for Barack Obama and comments suddenly closed. This is bordering on propaganda.

Posted by: Selena | July 13, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm with Kelly on this one. Chris and WapO want to turn this place into CNN.
I swear this place is boring enough that way. All one sided Obama PR all the time is not cool. Lets not silence Americans reporting first hand knowledge of Obama wrongdoing or Mcain's. Lets be objective no matter how much you love Obama Chris and keep this place interesting. Maybe you should remove yourself Chris and just let the people post here. It will be better.

Posted by: S. O. S | July 13, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

It is kind of strange. The fix does not mention Barack Obama courting the Hispanic vote. Barack has been doing that for a while now but without any article on it from Chris?

Whats the deal? Courting Hispanics by Mcain and Obama is not important enough to Chris? Or, is it to much of a hot button with Chaos45i. I have searched for his posts from time to time. Is he still gonnna be around after this month? I hope so.

Posted by: Kelly | July 13, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Chris is no longer going be critized for his protecting Obama. I have seen comments from average citizens reporting information about Obama being racist. I'm not talking about the hatred his church preached against Whites but Obama actually allowing Hispanics in Illinois to be discriminated against. Chris could investigate the validity of these claims but that would hurt Obama. As everyone knows the Hispanic vote is important including Chris. Obama has no motive to talk and is keeping a tight lip about his part in preventing Hispanics the same right to race discrimination charges that are afforded to non-Hispanics. I bet you after registration Chris will finally mention something about the improtance of the Hispanic vote but nothing else. This guy Chris is covering for Obama and now no one will be allowed to comment about this. you watch...

Posted by: Dr. Dreyfus | July 13, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness. So glad to hear peace is at hand. Thank you, Wapo tech support!!!!

And thank YOU, Chris, for soldiering on through this prolonged technical glitch that occurred at the worst possible time.

When you write your memoirs thirty years from now, save a full chapter for the stresses and behind-the-scenes stories related to dealing with this one.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | July 13, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank you. Will there be any filtering of repeat posts?

Posted by: Julia Kelly | July 13, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Senor Chris I no speak English so hombre
whats this registeration bs as there's no
law to make any Illegal Aliens Register
to Post here or anything else Senor so NADA
Registration Senor Chris!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | July 13, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Because we know Obama will win and Mccain has pretty much zero chance of getting elected as does almost every other Republican. Mccain is even trailing in his own home state

So,why are no Obamafools and Obamabots out
whining about the loss of their Messiah
Barack Hussein Obama's 13 to 15 point lead
over John McCain? And all the more so now
that Rassmussen Latest Poll Shows Both
Obama and McCain Tied at 43% each now then?
As after all it's all down hill for Obama
from here on out until Election Day 2008,
when McCain kicks Obama butt royally!
No Way Obama in 2008! NO BAMA!

Posted by: Sherry Kay | July 13, 2008 9:24 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 13, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

SherryKay, did you say "Rasmussen"? Give us a holler when a real polling service reports on the race. BO is still up by a comfortable margin in real polls. Yes, there's been turbulence on his part, lack of sleep causes tossing and turning and... flip-flops. Once BO gets some rest and has a good steak he'll be back in form. The real BO is needed, urgently...

Posted by: Ice caps on North Pole | July 13, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

So,why are no Obamafools and Obamabots out
whining about the loss of their Messiah
Barack Hussein Obama's 13 to 15 point lead
over John McCain? And all the more so now
that Rassmussen Latest Poll Shows Both
Obama and McCain Tied at 43% each now then?
As after all it's all down hill for Obama
from here on out until Election Day 2008,
when McCain kicks Obama butt royally!
No Way Obama in 2008! NO BAMA!

Posted by: Sherry Kay | July 13, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the good news.

Posted by: MarkinAustin | July 13, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RealChoices | July 13, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Rasmussen has finally caught up with my personal polling data...As time goes on and as the 527's heat up about the truth regarding Obama---McCain will win in a landslide...

The race for the White House is tied. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Barack Obama and John McCain each attract 43% of the vote. When "leaners" are included, Obama holds a statistically insignificant 47% to 46% advantage. Today is the first time that McCain's support has moved above 45% since Obama clinched the nomination on June 3. It's also the first time the candidates have been tied since Obama clinched the Democratic nomination...

Posted by: charko825 | July 13, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Registration this month, Will requiring germain posts follow?


Posted by: | July 13, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

"You'll pry my password out of my cold dead hands." Just kidding.

Posted by: tobe | July 13, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

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