A primer on our new comment system

On Tuesday, as part of Recordnet.com‘s switch to a subscription site, we brought back the ability to comment on articles. Many of our regular forum posters will remember that we announced we would be suspending forum commenting in September to switch to a new system.

I’ve already received some calls and emails about our new system, Echo.

Echo is amazing software that uses social networking tools most people already have accounts for, i.e. Facebook, Google, Twitter and Blogger among the choices, to create identities within our article comments.

This has confused some people, though, for a couple reasons. The first of which is that the article comments ARE NOT a function of your Recordnet.com subscription login. You have to choose a social networking site to pull your identification from independent of your Recordnet.com login.

Basically, that means you have to log in to access the site and THEN log in to comment. Recordnet.com articles DO NOT accept “guest” comments.

So how do you go about this? By now, most of you are familiar with our new comment interface. It looks like this:

Visitors will not be able to click into the box where the text appears until they log in, using one of the aforementioned accounts. If you don’t have an account, all the choices presented offer free access to set up one.

To log in, click “From” and a drop down will appear, like this:

You can then select which tool and user name you’ll be logging in with. For this example, I’m using my Twitter account. Twitter is a free service where members express their likes, dislikes, current status and an array of other things 140 characters at a time.

Once you select your account, a prompt will appear, asking you to allow access to whichever account you want to use.

It will look something like this:

You will then choose to “connect with” whatever tool you’re using. Echo will then go through Twitter, where you will enter your user name and password, to log into our article comments.

You will have to choose to “allow” the access. It takes all of a couple seconds for the communication to happen, then you’ll be directed back to the Echo module on whichever article you choose to comment on.

The prompt “What’s on your mind…” will let you know that you are in. You can now leave a comment on a Recordnet.com article.

You’ll also notice the “To” pull down where you’ll be able to choose where you want the comment displayed. You can leave it on “This Page” to make a comment solely to an article.

Or you can send it to your Twitter followers or friends on whichever outside tool you are using.

These are your options:

It’s important, as I end this post, to point out that we have new Community Rules for the Recordnet.com article comments. The forums, as before, are also moderated.

As always, we will not tolerate abuse within our online community.

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