Commenting Now Requires Registration

By Jim Rossignol on December 18th, 2010 at 3:05 pm.


The sheer weight of spam being directed at RPS has proven to be too much. We’ve now moved over to comments being available for registered users only. We never wanted to have to do this, but the forces of evil were too strong. Sorry. Please register.

Try logging in and out again to deal with the peculiar “posting too quickly” bug. It should not appear again once you have done that. If it does, tell me.

UPDATE: For those wondering about spam still appearing, yes, it can still turn up because spammers can register manually and set their bots a-spammin’. It is, however, much easier for us to clear up like this, and there is also the added bonus that spam-o-tron won’t spam legitimate comments.

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348 Comments »

  1. RogB says:

    no more forking shoes?

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      Lambchops says:

      Maybe we can spoon gloves instead?

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      Napalm Sushi says:

      Very good web.
      Good.

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      Thermal Ions says:

      @RogB
      That was the first thing I though too.

      Good move though, most of the best comments seem likely to be by registered users anyway I imagine.

    • BAReFOOt says:

      Wait, why didn’t you just use reCAPTCHA, like normal people? The only CAPTCHA that is not automatically circumventable by definition.
      Wordpress even uses it to protect the very registration form you all just had to use! So if it weren’t safe, forcing registration would not change anything regarding to spam.

      I created a bugmenot user, for those who don’t want to be bugged. :)
      Take that, silly wannabe attempts at site lockdown! Now you have no choice but to implement a working CAPTCHA or a network-of-trust system (recommended). ;))

    • CowardlyAnonymous says:

      Bugmenot user ain’t working already, BAReFOOt. Says something about being spam when trying to post a comment.

  2. Lipwig says:

    test

  3. Stranglove says:

    But, but, but, where will I buy my shoes/viagra from now?

    • Rich says:

      Why, from J. Rossignol and Co. Cobblers and Tumescence Enhancement Emporium of course.
      The real reason for fighting this spam has always been because Jim didn’t like the competition advertising on a site he works on.

      Also: No I am not posting too quickly. Don’t you tell me to slow down.

    • Gotem says:

      I have no shoes, but i seel these fine leather jackets

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      MajorManiac says:

      Rock Paper Shoes….. ; )

      Great I can edit. The bad pun remains though.

    • BAReFOOt says:

      @Gotem: I lather would like some seal jackets, sil.

  4. Zaboomafoozarg says:

    What a shame.

  5. Heliocentric says:

    This is rubbish, I’m boycotting the RPS comments… Wait, oh sh-

  6. Phoshi says:

    Register?! What, were too many people DISAGREEING with you? I guess now we know how NAZI our new RPS overlords really are. Truly disapointed you feel the need to ERODE OUR FREEDOMS with your HYPER-CONTROLLING tactics. Like Hitler 2: Electric boogaloo.

    On the other hand, less spam will be very nice, and everybody should have an account anyway.

    • jeremypeel says:

      Yeah! This is so unprofessional, and that post read like a 6/10.

    • Wulf says:

      All sarcasm completely aside, I always liked the fact that RPS never deletes opinions that disagree with them. If they disagree with RPS and they’re very strongly worded, sometimes they’ll edit you to look silly, buuut I find that kind of funny. Happened to me once, and I thoroughly deserved it because I’d gotten too heated in that argument. …I even forget what that argument was about now. Such is the nature of the Internet.

      In fact, I’d even be happy with a paywall registration system for commenting, it would help them deal with their costs a little better, and it works for Something Awful. Not to mention that however I may disagree with some folks around here, this place has an average demanded quotient of intelligence that makes SA appear to be filled by intellectual gnats by comparison. So I’m not quite sure what they’re charging to get people in on, whereas there’s actually something of worth, here.

      But I digress.

    • KillahMate says:

      I never did like Hitler 2: Electric Boogaloo. Always thought it lost something of the heart of the original.

    • outoffeelinsobad says:

      Anyone know when Hitler 3: Soul Train Supreme is being released? Wiki just says TBD.

    • Delusibeta says:

      “I’d even be happy with a paywall registration system for commenting”

      My opinion: HELL NO!

      Frankly, if you’re so short of money that you need to charge for posting rights, then I’ve got no interest in your site. (I realise Something Awful probably doesn’t need the money, but it doesn’t make that policy any more appealing.)

  7. Kaira- says:

    I wonder what happens to that guy who always promotes some page selling shoes. I hope he finds some other video game-related site to spam with those wonderful shoes.

    Edit:// Wait what, I’ve not commented today, not even once, and WordPress tells me to slow down?

  8. Assaf says:

    yay, so now our accounts can get compromised here too

    • ShawnClapper says:

      Heh was reading the posts before I commented on the Gawker fiasco. I got compromised myself, and while I haven’t used my Kotaku login in years my e-mail inbox is now full of spam every day thanks to them.

      Hope RPS uses better security :).

  9. Mephisto says:

    Spam gets too bad a rep. I now have a 24″ penis and abs harder than diamond thanks to taking up various offers.

    • noom says:

      Don’t forget the teeth that will send a man blind or insane if he stares at their dazzling beauty for too long.

    • Lacessit says:

      No Russian wife? You disappoint me!

    • Oddtwang of Dork says:

      My postman is getting rather upset at the sheer volume of cheques from Nigerian businessmen and assorted minor royals which he has to force through my overstuffed letterbox every day. He says it makes the amazon packages for the last Harry Potter book feel like carrying a red bag of feathers. Even if I clear away the envelopes from inside the door, my garden path is a weird, bouncy mass of red rubber bands.

  10. kenoxite says:

    “It’s better to burn out than to fade away!”

    You were going for that quote, right?

    Anyway, I wasn’t able to register (nickname already taken). It turns out that I already registered when I posted in the forums back then. So, all is good now.
    ___

    “You’re posting too quickly, slow down”… erm, what?

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    HopperUK says:

    I could have sworn I already did this. Oh well.:)

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    kregg says:

    I can completely understand the decision, but now I’ve got like a gazillion registration accounts for different websites.

    Couldn’t you just forget about everyone who registered and just use disqus instead? :3

    Also, apparently I was commenting too quickly… this is my first post here >_<

    • Phoshi says:

      I recommend LastPass for managing all of your passwords. It can also generate super secure ones.

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      kregg says:

      Ironically, it’s not the passwords I forget (for some reason, I can remember all of them, even the ones with the special weird characters like !”£$%^&*(){}[];’#:@~,./>? etc, it is the usernames that I have the most difficulty with.

      Having multiple online identities is bothersome, but at least they can’t read mai pokrfaic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKTIfXTd32M)

      EDIT: I also don’t fancy having one piece of software knowing majority of my passwords. It just makes me want to put more layers on my tinfoil hat.

    • Phoshi says:

      In LastPass’ defence, it’s all local, and it’s all encrypted. It just puts all of your passwords down to a single, local, very strong point of failure, rather than many points of varying strength. It also makes it much, much easier to remember them all!

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      Rikard Peterson says:

      I recommend getting a Mac. :) Its Key Manager (or whatever it’s actually called in English) is great.

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      kregg says:

      @Phoshi I guess that’s a nice idea, I may consider it when my grey matter fails me
      @Rikard Peterson I’m not going out to buy a Mac just for one piece of software that records my usernames/passwords on the computer. That’s like me going out and buying a new phone because the font size options on the phone has a better offering of my phone.

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    AndrewC says:

    Hrrm, I fear registration only commenting will promote groupthink. Hmm, I must disagree with people 30% more often from now on. Yes, that’ll do it.

    • Wulf says:

      And here I was thinking that the bizarre/insane minority quotient was my thing.

  14. Rich says:

    …you must also use you’re real name for registration, and submit a blood, urine and stool sample to RPS for screening, in order to be accepted.

    Also… AGAIN: Is the comment machine hungover? It keeps telling me to slow down for no good reason.

    • Ziv says:

      And you need to send them straight to Jim’s home address, not some sissy lab.

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      Thermal Ions says:

      Gee, glad I registered before this change then. Only had to promise my firstborn back then.

    • Dandi8 says:

      I have thus registered. Yay me.
      You’re right, Rich, it DOES seem to have been partying like hell last night. My first comment and it’s all like ‘woah, woah! Slow down fella, my head’s killing me!’.

    • The Colonel says:

      That’s a bit Rich, coming from you…

  15. coldvvvave says:

    That’s terror.

  16. Nomeya says:

    You broke my already fragile heart… :’(

  17. Jimbo says:

    Registered, now back to business! Would you like to buy Sandal? Sunglass? Only $50 dollars USD!

  18. Kieron Gillen says:

    I want ugg boots :(

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      kregg says:

      Ugg boots are useless in the snow. They absorb the snow and the material isn’t all that warm. I know, I wear my sisters on a daily basis, even inside the house.

    • Jimbo says:

      Dude that’s sick.

    • noerartnoe says:

      Huh…you have extraordinarily big feet then I suppose. Or were they infants?

      And, like everyone else it seems: No, I am *not* posting too quickly – sod off!

    • Caerphoto says:

      I wear my sisters on a daily basis

      Definitely sick.

    • Jimbo says:

      He could at least take them somewhere nice.

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      kregg says:

      At least it’s better than rubbing the boots on my face.

      I was just kidding about wearing ugg boots. I don’t wear boots, I wear a sainsbury’s bag tied to my feet with a piece of string.

    • Rich says:

      Ooh Sainsbury’s. La de da.

    • MrBRAD! says:

      Get some traditional russian felt boots!

    • Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

      Is it not better to wear two layers of thermal socks + plastic bag?

    • terry says:

      If you wear your sister’s boots daily, what does she wear? I call shoenanigans.

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    Schaulustiger says:

    And soon we’ll need an extra software client to comment on RPS, and it becomes an item store over time where we can buy hats that make us look fancy while commenting.

    And no, comment system, I WON’T SLOW DOWN!

    • Caerphoto says:

      RPS should develop their own operating system, where the site is the OS. They could call it StoneOS or something.

  20. fallingmagpie says:

    AM I POSTING TOO QUICKLY?

    Yes. Yes I was. Despite it being my first comment of the day. Think the algorithm’s a bit fucked.

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    TheApologist says:

    Er – for the record I am commenting at exactly the same pace I always do.

  22. Dharoum says:

    Bullocks, I read most articles and all I saw was some occasional spam, not at all disturbing..!!!

    The NWO HAS TAKEN OVER RPS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!

  23. DrugCrazed says:

    I wonder if I’m posting too quickly. Also, xkcd: http://xkcd.com/810/

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      kregg says:

      The irony of such comment system is that people wont up-vote the informative, rather the comments which generate the most lulz. At least from what I’ve seen from Steam and Engadget.

    • Dozer says:

      And YouTube comments.

      Comments of the form “314 people have rabies in their hair”, where 314 is the number of people who have Disliked that video at that point, seem to be the Youtube community’s favourite.

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    AndrewC says:

    Look, it’s very icy out, slowing down a bit is only sensible.

    • Meatloaf says:

      Indeed. Weather’s been rather terrible of late over here.

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    stahlwerk says:

    What if an advanced spam bot VI registers itself?

    also: 2fast2furious… what the hell?

    Logging out and back in did the trick.

  26. Kieron Gillen says:

    testing for speed error.

  27. Kieron Gillen says:

    testing for speed error mrk2

  28. Kieron Gillen says:

    testing for speed error mrk3

  29. Artist says:

    Pah, even the last hole on earth for anonymous spammers got squeezed.. Im a sad panda now…

  30. Risingson says:

    Well, all right.

  31. MJG says:

    I’ve never commented before, but I registered just in case I ever want to in the future. Huzzah.

  32. westyfield says:

    Is it possible to make it so the ‘keep me logged in’ button actually works? It logs me out every two or so weeks despite my ticking the box to stay logged in.
    First version of this comment got eaten by the speed monster.

  33. RakeShark says:

    This is cause for panic, panic I tell you.

  34. Sarkhan Lol says:

    You’re not getting rid of me, redundant white noise poster Sarkhan Lol, that easily!

    On a completely unrelated note, would anyone like to buy some shoes? They’re definitely games-related. Max Payne wore shoes, on his better days.

  35. Dharoum says:

    Goodbye funny fake e-mails..;(

    Solong creative names…;( ;( ;(

  36. adonf says:

    If you force everyone to register the terrorists win

  37. J. says:

    This is madness!

    Well, ok, it’s pretty great.

  38. Swanky says:

    Dem pesky spammers.

  39. Stuart Walton says:

    Whatever next, displaying of real names to try and enforce good conduct…

    • Jhoosier says:

      Pretty sure you don’t need to use your real name, unlike that bastard DIsqus system, which is so awful that on a politics blog I have to log in using my facebook accoutn & real name.

      Also, test.

  40. Novotny says:

    I only ever visited to get shoes. :(

  41. Plankton says:

    My first ever comment on RPS and I had to register for it … booo. Truly disappointed.
    Yeah, not really. Understandable move. And I should really comment more on here, I guess. I only started reading RPS 2 months ago and I wonder why it has taken me so long to do so.

  42. skinlo says:

    Good thing I registered recently then!

  43. SilverSilence says:

    Who the hell wouldn’t want to register to this awesome site?

    • RC-1290'Dreadnought' says:

      You won’t get their reply here, they aren’t registered.

  44. Oak says:

    I registered before it was cool.

    • sidhellfire says:

      You have predicted that this might be cool, otherwise you wouldn’t register.

  45. Dharoum says:

    Breaking news! RPS decides to censor internet users that post spam!! Innocent users are tragically affected by these new measures, rumors of a revolt and a switch between gaming site spread across the community.

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      Thermal Ions says:

      Wait, what, there’s other useful gaming sites on the internet?

      * and to join the chorus – I’m not posting too fast – I’m just that efficient.

  46. The Innocent says:

    Yay for being registered, etc.

  47. zoombapup says:

    Works for me. Believe me I hate spam too (I was a human spam blocker for indiegamer.com until recently).

    Spam should die. Spammers should die. Spread the hate!

  48. Malawi Frontier Guard says:

    I forgot my password.

  49. sfury says:

    testing for test

    test