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Yesterday, we added three new features for Reg commentards. The most obvious - and many of you spotted this already - is that commenters no longer have to write a title to accompany their post. We like headlines but many of you don't, so this is our gift to you. We have introduced a new sorting option - now can you arrange …

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No it's not; mot at my age anyway. Gender is a class, sex is either a piece of anatomy, a noun or a verb.

"The detail of her sex was clearly visible through the shimmer that was her dress."

"Would you like sex?"

"I need to find out how ro sex a tortoise."

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Waste of a bullet surely? Better to keep them around and really annoy them, until they change their mind.

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The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits

woot, we finally free of the old "The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits"

//beer icon for obvious reasons :)

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So that one's just for old time's sake then?

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Title schmitle

I'll drink to that!

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@Dave

They could easily have a "general" board for non-topic threads, which are not moderated the same way... i.e. a moderator is around to remove spam and so on but not to personally gatekeep every post. Like all the other forums.

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Sir,

You're lack of posting a threaded comment indicates you don't understand the comments forum, there fore I'd suggest we ignore your comment.

Regards

Anon

There are already too many good (and bad) open forums out there. Keep El Reg to commenting on the published stories, although perhaps there should be a "suggest a story" option so the moderators can be notified of potential articles.

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@AC 09:19

Your apostrophe catastrophe and misspelling of 'therefor' will cause your comment to be ignored.

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RE ".........a "suggest a story" option ........"

That I have to say is a good idea. Opens up for more reader-input without (at the outset) risking the "baby out with the bathwater" risk implicit in reader generated threads - although not excluding that option at a later date if it was thought desirable. Suggestions could perhaps be divided between a "specific news items board" and a "suggested topics board". The latter being suggestions concerning what posters here would like El Reg's reporters to take a look at even if the topic concerned is not necessarily a hot current news item.

:)

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Please find your missing vowel in the title.

Please try not to excuse yourself by suggesting you were trolling. There is an icon for that. Your other more obscure excuses, should you be able to find them, may also be rejected.

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misspelling of 'therefor'

Skitt's law. Enough said.

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*Optional*, thanks Grud

"now can you arrange by time of posting"

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This will definitely come in handy, for reason Mr. Orlowski - praised be his name, he allowed comments on his article - already knows... looking for new posts in long threads will become much easier.

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"Lastly, if you post anonymously you don't get to pick an icon. All Anon posts get a V for Vendetta mask instead."

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Can we get reasons for it? Just out of curiosity, I have no problems at all with that decision. :-)

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I'm guessing because many sites tend to encourage a slightly inferior user experience for those that don't sign up...

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Anonymous Coward

Anon?

Posting anon can be done without signing up?

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Anonymous Coward

Except that anonymous posters HAVE signed-up..they have simply chosen not to show their used ID.

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Quite so.

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Anonymous comments (I don't mind titles!)

Can we have two names registered against a mail address?

I am open enough to post many of my comments under my real name (unlike many of you), but I frequently use the anonymous option, normally if I am posting things that may upset my employer, wife, children, the police etc (OK maybe not the wife, she is a technophobe, and does not read the Register, and the police could get a court order if what I have said was against the law).

But I appreciate being able to use an icon with my anonymous posts.

What I may have to do is register a second account with an unrelated name to my real one. If I were allowed to have an alternative "alias" for my account, and be able to select it like I do Anonymous Coward as an alternative, I think that would be really useful.

Now, what has not been used yet, but would be suitably humorous?

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Question

The Register forums - do they run on Windows or Linux ?

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The title is no longer required

Debian. Good choice.

http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://www.theregister.co.uk

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Why did you go to Netcraft when El Reg provides all the details themselves?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/about/company/website/

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The title is fine on the article but is unnecessary on replies to the same topic...

so I'm glad this has finally been realised! (About time!) :-)

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Anonymous Coward

Bollocks

What am I supposed to complain about now?

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The weather.

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(untitled)

(body)

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Wrong icon...

I never post anonymously.

Except that I may be incognito now and then...

Please, can't we get a choice of icons for those of us who aren't lametards living in their parent's basement?

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Optional (it says here)

Not reader-generated threads as well, please! I spend far too much time on here as it is...

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A title is optional and must consist of letters and/or numbers

And a "Remember me" tick box. Hope this is in line with the rather confusing cookie regulations. Too complex for a simple software developer to understand

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"All Anon posts get a V for Vendetta mask instead."

ORLY?

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Anonymous Coward

What if I want to post only a title?

(body)

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but we need bodies, preferably heavenly ones

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Happy

Can't we have optional post body's now?

Type your comment here — plain text only, no HTML

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Headmaster

Bodies?

Type your comment here — plain text only, no HTML

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Anonymous Coward

Titles? We need Titles

Mine's the mask with a coat in it.

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We don't need no steenkin' titles!

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Anonymous Coward

Shame you didn't fix the site logon problems with Opera password manager. This seems to be the only site on the entire internet that's broken with it.

I'm guessing it's because you have multiple logons on the same page on different domains (theregister, reghardware, channelregister etc etc etc).

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Opera

No, that is probably just to annoy the Opera user that everyone down votes.

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Re: Opera

Do you mean me?

Or the other one?

Andrew Orlovski, where are you when I need you?

Ducks! :o)

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Lovely

Next:

1 - Fix tabbing so I can log in and check the options without switching between keyboard and mouse.

2 - Fix the whole "reply to" thing.

...waits for a barrage of comments blaming both problems on my browser.

..oh ok then, I'll go and test it on Firefox.

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I quite like the titles though.

Damn, now I've nothing to say here ....

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How about a points system

For commenting "First!!!" (with any combination of caps and punctuation)

For posting 'First' and getting the first post, 1 point

For posting 'First' and not getting the first post, -the position of your post (i.e. 2nd post = -2 points)

At the end of the year, we check all the totals, and then everybody who has partaken in this game gets a kick in the nads.

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How about a running total of votes next to your handle. Up votes +1, down votes -1

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How about a league for highest average upvote/downvote ratio per post. See who is the most popular popularist.

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"and then everybody who has partaken in this game gets a kick in the nads."

Brilliant :D

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Terminator

May do the kicking?

May I? May I? May I?

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE?

Icon, because, well, obvious, innit?

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Anonymous Coward

And the winner is

Anonymous Coward

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Second the "league"

OK, maybe not a league but perhaps a number next to each poster showing their accumulated total. Should flag up the most blatent trolls so I know who to ignore (exhibit A, "Barry Shitpeas" - 219 down votes in the 2 weeks since he signed up).

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Optional

Hmmmm, good show!

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Finally!

That title thing really did annoy me!

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