WordPunk Works with OpenID to Confirm Identity

Commenting on blogs is no longer open season for spewing anonymous bile and hatred.  The bad old days of anonymous Wild West commenting is dead. 

WordPunk requires all commenters be registered and we use OpenID to verify your identity.  We just published a Registration Page that teaches you how to set up and use OpenID so you can comment.

If you were using the “Movable Type” option to login here to comment, we now need you to use OpenID instead. 

The cool thing about OpenID is you may already have an account, but you don’t realize it yet.  If you need help, please use the Registration Page to contact us.

RelationShaping ->( Registration with OpenID to Verify Users

RelationShaping ->( requires all commenters be registeredYou know us, and we want to know you, too:  No anonymous cowards allowed!  We use the OpenID service.  Please visit our new Registration Page for instructions on how to sign up and login.

We no longer allow direct registration with this blog to comment, so if you previously used the “Movable Type” option to login, we need you now to use OpenID.  One neat thing about OpenID is that you likely already have an account!  If you have questions about getting signed up, use our Registration Page to find us.

Urban Semiotic Uses OpenID for Comment Registration

As the internets condense, the volume and the viciousness of anonymous commenters has exploded.  Two years ago, most big blogs allowed anonymous commenting.  Today, those same blogs now require commenters to be registered in order to protect the integrity of the conversation. 

Urban Semiotic requires all commenters be registered in order to join the discussion, and we use OpenID to meet that end.  We have a new Registration Page that explains, in detail, how to use OpenID to sign in to this blog to comment.

We used to allow direct registration with this blog, but a database issue forced us to use OpenID  instead — so if you were once using the “Movable Type” option to login here to comment, we now need you to use an OpenID source. 

The great thing about OpenID is you — probably already have an account — without knowing it!  We look forward to continuing our thoughtful dialogue with you, and if you have any questions, please use the Registration Page to get in touch.

NTIA Revokes NeuStar Private .US Domain Registrations

The other day I went crazy and registered a ton of new domains and I wanted some that ended in “.us” but I was dismayed to find out from my domain registrar, Network Solutions, that “.us” domain names could not be protected via private registration. When I asked NetSol why they refused to privatize “.us” domains contact information, I was surprised to receive this reply:

Please note that the Private Registration service is not available for .US domain name registrations due to a dramatic change in the .US policy:

The United States Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has recently completed its review of anonymous domain registration services by .US Accredited Registrars. At the conclusion of this review, NTIA directed NeuStar to phase out the offering of such services by Registrars or by any of its partners or resellers … [emphasis added]”

While we do not agree with this mandate, Network Solutions will comply and no longer offer the Private Registration service for .US domain name registrations. This policy is in effect immediately and applies only to .US domain name registrations.

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