Thursday, July 21, 2016

Why we're switching to Facebook-verified member accounts

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Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 3:36 PM

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A bit of housekeeping: Starting today, we're requiring all existing and new CharlestonCityPaper.com members to log in to their account using Facebook.

We love all of our commenters, but we're pretty certain we can have a better dialog about the issues facing our community if readers are required to verify their identities and there are fewer anonymous accounts. We know this won't be a perfect system, but many of you won't be affected at all. We'll see how it goes.

A few details:
  • New members will be required to use Facebook to create their account.
  • Existing members will be required to use Facebook to verify their account.
  • If you are an existing member and you log in using Facebook, your username and comment history will remain. (So if you've been a jerk in the comments for years, this is a good time to start fresh.)
Yes, Facebook is the only option right now, but Twitter and Google sign-in will be enabled soon.

The City Paper has been lucky to have an engaged and (mostly) civil crowd of loyal commenters over the years. We're very grateful to each of you for reading and sharing your thoughts and invite you to continue to do just that.

If you have any issues with your account, feel free to email me (webmaster@charlestoncitypaper.com) and I'll try to help out.

Thanks again for reading. I'll see you in the comments.

Sam Spence
Web Editor

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