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Mon Feb 22 2010 18:47:18

AuctionBytes Rolls Out User Name Validation for Blogs

By: David Steiner

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You may have already noticed little icons appearing next to some user names in the comments of this blog. Over the years, we've had many requests to introduce validation or verification of users who post comments here.

There are a couple of reasons that I felt putting an optional validation system may have merits. The main reason is to help frequent commentors, who have built up a certain persona in our blogs. We've had instances where other posters will 'co-opt' a user name, for one reason or another, and it becomes difficult to distinguish the original commentor from the copycats. It also helps us verify that services who come into the blog to comment are who they say they are. The other is ease of use. If you choose to validate your User Name, you will get a cookie that will keep you logged in to the AB Blog, so you don't have to keep re-entering your User Name.
 
Keep in mind that we're not verifying who you are - we're verifying that the user has chosen to protect their user name by attaching a valid email address to it. Users who choose to AB Verify themselves will display a shiny new icon next to their User Names, and that user name will not be available to others. (btw, this is not retroactive to older posts)
 
All you need to "AB Verify" your User Name, is a valid email address. More information about validating your User Name is found here. If you choose to use AB Verify, let us know here if you have any issues. We'll be monitoring the system for the next few days to ensure that it is working smoothly. Once we're sure everything is set, we'll roll it out to the Letters to the Editor blog.




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by: Ahwooga This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 22 16:12:47 2010

I just wanted to know if I was the first one to be verified?
If so, can I get "I'm verified on AuctionBytes" T-Shirt.
J/K
Thanks
Don

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This user has validated their user name. by: David Steiner

Mon Feb 22 16:26:23 2010

Hmm, I think you're #10, Don.

But don't worry, the T-Shirt actually reads, "I was verified on AuctionBytes and all I got was this lousy icon!"

;)

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by: mysoapboxrant This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 22 16:43:30 2010

Good idea as always David & Ina !

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by: Smitty

Mon Feb 22 16:54:36 2010

Don't mind me, I'm just trying to figure what I've done wrong.

Smitty

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by: ohexpress This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 22 16:59:39 2010

cool daddy-o

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by: Just One Seller This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 22 17:01:24 2010

Ina,

It would be cool if we could avoid the ''Enter Code:'' field as well once ''Verified''.

Just a thought....

JOS

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by: JAV

Mon Feb 22 17:42:39 2010

Good idea.

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by: JAV This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 22 17:43:28 2010

ok....now it's a good idea.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen

Mon Feb 22 19:06:17 2010

I vote for that avoiding of the "Enter Code" once verified, too.

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by: Buck Efay This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 22 19:50:57 2010

Verified, and might I add a loud "Buck Efay"

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by: Ahwooga This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 22 19:54:28 2010

LOL
I would love that!!!

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by: On Lies and Secrets This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 22 19:54:58 2010

Yay!

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This user has validated their user name. by: David Steiner

Mon Feb 22 19:57:20 2010

Smitty, try again. You may have posted before you validated your ID via the link in the confirmation email.

Regarding the Captcha disappearing. Will think about it. It's there to prevent bots from spamming the comments, so we don't want to compromise that security feature at all.

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by: Patricia

Mon Feb 22 20:02:43 2010

Think I'll pass on it.  I already have a following and not a good one ;-)

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by: J.G. This user has validated their user name.

Mon Feb 22 20:48:00 2010

My apologies to Enough is Enough.  I used that name once or twice in lower case, until I saw the real one on a post.

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by: Joe

Mon Feb 22 20:55:41 2010


Joe clears his cookies at every browser shutdown ( you learn to do this on eBay or else ), so cookies won't work for me, but thats alright I can re-enter, I type for a living...no problem

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by: joe

Mon Feb 22 21:05:53 2010

By the way the Icon is way to big, knock it down a few pixels.

This reminds me of being PayPal verified and the eBay top rated seller badge...

Oh yes only if you want to, I know already...



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by: joe

Mon Feb 22 21:11:14 2010


Or if you keep the size...align it to the left of "by:"

Makes for hard reading the way you have it david...

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by: Troglodyte

Mon Feb 22 22:46:00 2010

Just remember that ebay could file a lawsuit against the Steiners on some pretext or another and get a verified user's email address.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen

Mon Feb 22 23:53:49 2010

@ Troglodyte,

Don't worry about that. I post under my real name and eBay’s lawyers can find me in the phone book (as the media have previously done) if they want to. No, it won't happen; these guys are no Mafia, they are white collar criminals; they are totally gutless; but nevertheless they are so blatantly unscrupulous—and indeed criminal—that they prefer to ignore all negative comment, so as not give it any further publicity, in the hope that the consumer affairs regulators, who should be protecting us from all such unscrupulous commercial entities, will remain asleep.

You can say openly what you like about these corporate criminals; the obvious truth is always a valid defence. What they fear most is the government waking up and ‘regulating’ their systemically dysfunctional organizations to the point that they have to actually give the service that they contract with consumers to give but, in fact, don’t give, nor have any intention of giving.

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