Introducing Facebook Connect for our comments

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Starting today, you will be able to log into our comments with your Facebook account. No, you don't need a Facebook account to comment, but it makes things easier for both you and us. You benefit by reserving a nickname on our site using Facebook's authentication system, and we benefit from simpler and more precise comments moderation. It is in a nutshell, read further down for more information about the entire affair.

We get thousands of comments a day! Comments on everything from opinions on phones, comments on news articles or reviews. We care about privacy, so we allow anonymous posting, but opens the door to trolling or bashing and it is only counterproductive.

We have automated systems to catch most spam and our moderators do their best to weed out the remaining comments as "poor". But they can't get everything.

Bad comments hampers usefulness of comments-personal impression, patches, and interesting links helping both us and our users.

We avoided to introduce our own system of registration for several reasons:

We hate to create an account on each and every siteWe would rather not store the personal infoMost people can bypass moderation justice by simply registering new accounts

We have found a good solution, which solves these problems. Facebook Connect enables secure, reliable authentication. We do not have access to your personal information, authentication is done with the Facebooks servers, we just want you to pick a nickname that you use on our website.

To register, open the page to register nicknames and hit login with Facebook button. You will be redirected to Facebook, where you need to log in and authorize to get access to basic information.

Not to worry, that does not allow us to publish something on your Facebook wall or news feed, no one gets your comments appear anywhere on Facebook.

When you do this, you'll be redirected back to the page to register. Enter a nickname, and click Send-ready! The nickname is reserved and will be applied automatically in the future. Best of all, you can change it, if you have any other thoughts.

Register a nickname with Facebook Connect

Later, you can change your nickname to something else (as long as it has not been registered). Just open the page register nickname and enter the new nick (Note: you must be logged into Facebook Connect to make it).

Here are several good reasons to register:

Your nickname is reserved for you and you get the completed when you post later. Logging back in takes only a single click (if you are logged on to your Facebook account).Each post will have a clear indication if it was posted anonymously or if it is from a registered user. Services from registered users is also doing more credibility.Comments from registered users must pass through fewer controls and are more likely to be published forthwith without prior verification. Your real name (along with other personal info and profile pictures) are protected. We will never publish any part of it along with your post. Only your nickname selection appears.Registration is super fast-as soon as you can come up with a nickname. You can also change your nickname as often as you wish. If you share an IP with someone and they may be banned, it will affect you, We do not prohibit sometimes repeat offenders by IP or IP range if they have a dynamic IP, so you can be affected, even if you have not done anything wrong.With an account gives you access to some cool features, which we plan to introduce in the near future-post edit, ratings, poll, vote, and much more.Unregister is easy-you can always break the link between Facebook and GSMArena.

One thing must now be clear. We do not turn off anonymous posting feature. But as usual the anonymous posts will continue to go through multiple controls and will be held for moderator approval for the most part.

Now go ahead and post a comment below and claim your nickname on the road. And don't forget to tell us about your experience with the system.

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