Commenting is go!

Remember me?  That grumpy old bloke who once obsessively spewed forth half-baked opinions here at Troppo?  After being AWOL for some time a comeback of sorts seems imminent.  I’m experiencing fitful urges to post, usually on very silly topics like whether Jen may have committed reportable child abuse by forcing young Jessica to watch KRudd being quizzed by members of James Farrell’s dumb generation on Q & A.

Pending one of these strange mental formations actually crystallising into a semi-coherent blog post, I’m warming up by making a major CT housekeeping announcement.  After deep introspection between Nicholas Gruen and myself, we’ve decided to abolish (on a trial basis) the requirement for readers to register before making comment box contributions.  It’s a decision we might come to regret, but our subjective impression is that the incidence of truly destructive trollery has been significantly reduced across the ozblogosphere in recent times.  It may be that the loss of spontaneity and freedom that inevitably flow from forcing readers to register before they can participate in discussion is a price we no longer need pay.  Anyway, time will tell …

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Patrick
Patrick(@patrick)
11 years ago

Speaking as someone you foolishly let register, yay :)

meika
11 years ago

Welcome Back Ken,

Trolls have moved to twitter too. Certainly boring TV shows like #QandA are more fun when following their twitter hashtag.

Aidan
Aidan
11 years ago

This is a good move. The comment threads on troppo used to be very interesting, but dropped off markedly after requiring registration.

Jason Soon
Jason Soon
11 years ago

Welcome back, Ken. Hope you start writing more soon.

Leon Bertrand
11 years ago

A good decision! You can always delete troll comments anyway.

Nicholas Gruen
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Nicholas Gruen(@nicholas-gruen)
11 years ago

What a bunch of fuckwits.

(Oops sorry I didn’t realise I was registered).

Francis Xavier Holden
11 years ago

I’ve registered about 3 times over the last year or so but can still never log in.

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
11 years ago

Thank. God.

Tony T
11 years ago

Dit. To.

Ian
Ian
11 years ago

Good move!! Like others, I too have been unable to post despite being registered?!

Nabakov
Nabakov
11 years ago

No, comments function still doesn’t seem to be working for me.

If nobody can read this, could they let me know?

Peter Patton
Peter Patton
11 years ago

Nabakov

I can read it fine.

Gummo Trotsky
11 years ago

You’re a cruel man Nabs.

Nabakov
Nabakov
11 years ago

Sometimes when you walk out on a tropical golf course and a big fat cane toad is sitting right where you’d place your tee, it’s awfully hard not to pull out a driver instead of the iron the situation should demand.

Gummo Trotsky
11 years ago

I’d go with the sand wedge myself. Less walking to the next lie.

Nabakov
Nabakov
11 years ago

I’ll pay that one Gummo Hogan.

Mind you, if you’re not keeping score there’s a lotta fun to had thrashing around in a sandtrap with a sturdy piece of metal and a small immobile target.