Consumerist Comments Beta Test Begins Later Today

Consumerist Comments Beta Test Begins Later Today

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that Consumerist has been without reader comments for the last 12 months. We’re pleased to announce that today we are launching a beta test of the new system and will hopefully be rolling it out to all readers in the coming weeks. [More]

Comment Of The Day: Where Nobody Knows Your Name

Comment Of The Day: Where Nobody Knows Your Name

For today’s Comment of the Day, our readers took the (MILDLY AMUSING POST) about a failed attempt at sending a form letter by (MAJOR UNITED STATES AIRLINE). One comment clearly shone, though. Or maybe all of our editors just grew up in the ’80s. [More]

Comment Of The Day: Shop Local

Comment Of The Day: Shop Local

raydeebug: Hey, at least they’re grown on Earth. I don’t want no low-grav Martian apples taking over my local grocery store. Why not?

1: The interplanetary subsidies really just create more costs in space pollution and radiation exposure-related health issues.
2: The little tripods, while adorable, mean the dang things keep getting out of the fruit bowl and scaring the cats.

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Comment Of The Day: What Are Babies Made Of?

Comment Of The Day: What Are Babies Made Of?

AstroPig7: Babies are either made of magical, wonderful materials or they’re dead boogers that learned how to scream. It all depends on whom you ask. [More]

Comments Are Taking A Vacation This Weekend While We Do Some Maintenance

Comments Are Taking A Vacation This Weekend While We Do Some Maintenance

In order to finish what we began back a few weeks back, we once again need to temporarily shut off commenting starting… well, any minute now (It might take a while for the shut down to thoroughly propagate). Things should be back up to normal (whatever that means) come Monday morning — though you will likely need to reset your password when you log in for the first time next week. As always, your patience is appreciated. [More]

Make Neat Symbols In The Comments

Make Neat Symbols In The Comments

Do you wish you could make neat symbols like < in The Consumerist comments? Here’s how! [More]

Home Depot Lovers Keep Spamming Comments On My Blog

Home Depot Lovers Keep Spamming Comments On My Blog

Corporate guerrilla marketing efforts are getting more sophisticated, as well as more annoying. A Consumerist-reading blogger is under constant commenting attack from either paid Home Depot plants or a well-organized squadron of people with a lot of spare time on their hands who really, really love to defend the big box chain’s honor. And who share the same IP address. [More]

That Negative eBay Comment Could Get You Sued

That Negative eBay Comment Could Get You Sued

A Florida man is being sued for $15,000 for leaving a negative comment on a transaction to buy a $44 clock, breaking his perfect rating, NBC 2 of Florida reports: [More]

How Your Online Life Can Mess With Your Credit

How Your Online Life Can Mess With Your Credit

Blogging at SF Gate, personal finance expert and author Erica Sandberg writes about how things you do online — including your choice of friends in social networking sites and even comments you leave on blogs — can influence creditors. [More]

Update: How Do I Reset My Password?

Update: How Do I Reset My Password?

Update, 11/24/09, 8:24PM

We’ve made some progress addressing the login problems that some of you have been experiencing, and I’d like to share some information about what we’ve learned today, and the steps we’re taking to address these problems.

There was no security problem

Some of you reported receiving what looked like someone else’s account information in your password reset email. As soon as we found out about that, we stopped sending out reset emails, to avoid exposing any account data. After investigating the issue, we determined that what looked like account information was actually data generated as part of database operations by this site’s previous owner. No actual user data was exposed, and we are now in the process of reviewing those records to make sure all affected users get the information they need to log in to the site.

Like Your Commenter Name? Feed Us Your Email Address

Like Your Commenter Name? Feed Us Your Email Address

If you want to keep access to your Consumerist commenter login, it’s a good idea to update your profile with a valid email address. Sometime this fall we will transition to a new blogging platform and we will need to email everyone new passwords to migrate them over. So go into your Consumerist profile and make sure there’s a working email in there. Just click “profile” at the top right of the page, then “edit my profile,” plug your email address in, hit update, and you’re done.

Hearst Drops Banhammer On Disemvoweling

Hearst Drops Banhammer On Disemvoweling

Hearst Corporation, a large print, television, and internet publisher, has notified one of its bloggers that he needs to stop removing the vowels from certain comments on his blog. Apparently Hearst’s lawyers have some concerns about the practice.

The Consumerist Comments Code

The Consumerist Comments Code, which we repost every now and again, is intended to promote a discussion filled with substantive information, insights, humorous observations and relevant personal experiences. In other words, comments that other people would want to read. Here are some rules to help make this possible… (And while we’re on the topic of commenters, don’t forget to add your email address to your user profile by going to http://consumerist.com/people/yourscreenname/profile/ so you can keep your commenter profile when we transition to a new platform this Fall)

Play Consumerist Comments Bingo

Play Consumerist Comments Bingo

Know those Consumerist comments that get repeated and repeated, and disemoveled, over and over again? Don’t flame, play Bingo! Consumerist comments Bingo! All your favorites are there, like “slw nws dy?,” pointing out typos, blame the OP, and more! Reader catastrophe girl has uploaded a series of four delightful Bingo cards to our Flickr Pool so you can play the home version of the game we play in our minds.

Anonymous Comments And Facebook Connect Deactivated

Anonymous Comments And Facebook Connect Deactivated

We’re disabling anonymous comments and Facebook Connect.

How We Can Learn From The Financial Problems Of Others

How We Can Learn From The Financial Problems Of Others

Our post earlier today about Chase’s sudden 150% increase in a couple’s minimum payment on their credit card debt brought out a lot of passionate comments from readers—and it also turned into a cesspool of blame. We see a lot of a particular type of sentiment on posts about credit card debt and money management, and it’s not helpful.

Justice Department Takes Aim At Mean Commenters

Justice Department Takes Aim At Mean Commenters

Attention mean commenters: watch what you say or the Justice Department will hunt you down. Seriously! The U.S. Attorney in Nevada subpoenaed the Las Vegas Review-Journal to reveal the identities of two anonymous commenters whose statements could be read as mildly threatening to jurors involved in a tax case, if you’ve never read internet comments before.

Get Emailed About Comment Replies

Get Emailed About Comment Replies

Want to get an email when someone respond to your comment on Consumerist? Sign up for free notification at Bunedoggle.com. Enter your email, commenter name, select the “Consumerist” checkbox and hit subscribe. Follow the link in the authorization email and you’re ready to go. No spam, no gimmicks, just a free script a guy named Brian Bailey put together because it had to be done.