What about an unhide button to reveal the true identities and email addresses of ACs.
Exciting news from Vulture Towers - we're overhauling your comments system to make it more accessible and satisfying for you to use. After an extensive consultation with our valued board of 'tame' commentards - those of you who responded eagerly to our call for comment consultants last year - and weekly all-staff comments …
Will there be no way to post comments for free? Or is free commenting just restricted?
If not, good luck with charging for comments. I suspect your numbers will plummet. That will be a sad day indeed.
Is this another iPad inspired toe in the water pricing scheme? Seems to be all the rage at the moment.
Except perhaps the taking to task those who are quite inclined to believe everylast word that proceedeth from the keyboard of the Reg Team on 01/04 of every year.
Just saying is all.
Do we also get a button that sends an electric shock to directly to the Hack in questions chair when we really don't like an article?
I would really appreciate such a thing, you can charge extra for it, doubly so if you post a video of said moments to youtube.
Commenter zapping: All commenter's names will come with a 'zap' button - after this is clicked by three other separate commenters, the offending account will be deleted.
So what your saying is that you pay your £5/12 ... 3 people don't like something you write and you loose your subscription ... ... ... ridiculous if that's how its going to work.
I would assume that for those that do pay there won't be any adverts?
Seems like a license to print money is being requested rather than any service benefits!
Try reading before commenting (or are you beta-testing the Instaspeak button?):
"Standard subscription (£5 per year) - Enables you to post comments under moderation with the new 'three strikes' system"
So, the three-strikes rule only applies to the £5 cheapskate subscription. Seems only reasonable to me.
... that this is another April Fools story.
Do you really believe that paying to post comments is actually something that the majority of commentards will actually do? It's just a bit of light relief, and the ability to see whether other people are of like mind.
Next you will be saying that BOFH will be only available to subscription holders.
Hang on. This over 250 words yet is it?
What happens if you get "zapped" by 3 people, getting your account deleted, if you've paid your year's subscription? Especially if this is because you've said something quite reasonable like "I believe that Google is invading privacy and retaining too much data"? How would a comment like that be grounds for account deletion?
I can imagine that the account numbers will plummet after a contentious topic. Look at the histrionics on any article about smoking, for example. I think my account would have been banned 20 times over if left to fellow commentards on the last one alone!
I can see that this could be a good function, but I think it might need some oversight* to prevent abuse and could end up being a race between pro / anti (topic) to try and silence the opposition. It could well lead to any but premium commenters becoming over-cautious in an attempt not to be deleted, or just to cease commenting altogether (in which case, they'd wonder why they're paying their fiver, which I'm pretty sure wouldn't be the intent!)
Or maybe I'm just a bit too cynical?
(*e.g. you can't zap more than x accounts in y period, accounts zapped three times are subject to moderator review rather than simply deleted, accounts that zap too frequently are themselves reviewed by moderators, accounts are monitored to see if they're shills for particular interests)
On the other hand, I value El Reg enough that I would happily shell out £12/year (£1 a month for this sort of goodness? Here's my card...) in order to fully participate, and I'm quite excited (not like that, you filthy beasts!) to see what's coming in the future.
".......if you're not happy, we'll do our best to remedy matters....."
I'm afraid that bit gave it away rather early doors for me. I just couldn't for the life of me figure out why the f*** you'd go straight to that position from "suck it up, arsehats" without at least experimenting with just stuffing your fingers in your ears and going "lalalala" whenever we complained.
I like the very wide comments section though and it should stop those pesky formatting snafus whenever anyone posts a long url or title, keep it up!
I only nibbled at the worm and managed to just fall short of swallowing the hook... I even clicked the link to the call for commentards article...
But in keeping with the above, "I'm outraged, how dare you! I will have no choice to move to the Daily Mail's comment pages instead as they remain free, just like Britain should be - free for Brits, and free of foreigners!"