|Mon Feb 22 2010 18:47:18|
AuctionBytes Rolls Out User Name Validation for Blogs
By: David Steiner
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.