Hey, everybody -- can Hunky Haakon and I have your attention for a bit? We've got an important announcement to make!
In an effort to keep the blog running as smoothly as possible, especially during that big event that's coming up at the end of next month, I'm implementing a change I've been thinking about making here at Mad Hattery for a while. (If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me posting about it a few weeks ago!)
From today on, users will be required to register at the site before they can comment on posts. It won't be any different than other sites or forums that require users to register before posting; in fact, if you post over at Royalty with Ella Kay, it will be essentially the same system.
So, if you've been a regular commenter here previously, what do you do? I want to make sure you get to keep the screenname you've been using here, so register that screenname and use the same e-mail address you've been using up until now, and I'll be able to ensure that you get to keep your name (and no one else can snag it!).
Users will have to use a legitimate e-mail address when registering an account; you will have to verify your account using a link sent to that address. After you verify your account, I'll approve it -- and then you'll be good to go!
I'm hoping this change will do a few things:
-- Keep our community as fun and vibrant as it has been up until now.
-- Make it easier for you to post, as you won't have to enter your screenname and e-mail address every time you comment. There is a new widget in the sidebar so you can conveniently log in to the site.
-- Cut down on the amount of nuisance comments I've had to filter out.
-- Make sure that each user has a unique screenname, so no one tries to post as an "imposter" user.
Whew! I'm hoping that a tiny bit of inconvenience now will lead to a much more comfortable commenting experience for everyone. So, head over to the registration page to grab your screenname, verify it, let me approve it, and then let us know you're here with a comment in this post! Thanks, hatters!
Note: If you can't locate your verification e-mail, please check your e-mail program's spam folder. Some programs are filtering the messages there. If you've not been approved, and you're still waiting for the verification message, check there!
(And then, make it a real party by snagging some of the new MH gear from over in our shop!)
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