From today, we are introducing comment registration on HoldtheFrontPage. This means that in order to comment on stories in future, users will need to be logged into the site.
This change is in line with practice throughout most of the regional press industry and is designed to help encourage users who comment on HTFP to use our other services, including creating email job alerts, posting CVs and applying for jobs through the site.
If you already have your own jobseeker account, you simply need to login to that account in order to comment. For those who don’t have a current user account, you will need to create one here.
In addition, users will also be able to login using their Facebook, Twitter or Google profiles.
As well as helping to build more of a community around the site, we hope that this change will lead to an improvement in the overall quality of the comments threads.
We want to ensure that the overall tenor of the comments section more accurately reflects the balance of opinion within the industry, and to create a welcoming space where people can feel free to express a range of different views.
Although we want to encourage most users to comment under their own names, we recognise there are still occasions where users may need to comment anonymously.
You will still be able to do this by creating a posting name separate from your username, but you will not be able to change it once it has been created.
This will, for instance, prevent individual commenters from creating multiple identities in comments threads, then switching between them in order to give the impression there is support for their particular point of view.
It will also help us to guard against the legally questionable practice of people impersonating other users, or named individuals within the industry, and thereby attributing to them views they do not hold.
Despite the change, the same ‘house rules’ continue to apply, which I would summarise as: play the ball and not the man, avoid obscene or discriminatory language, and be mindful of the libel laws.
We are confident the vast majority of our users will welcome this change and that HTFP will continue to be a forum for informative and at times impassioned debate about the goings on in our great industry.