Jason Byassee: We're listening to you

You no longer have to register to comment on Call & Response. You're welcome.

Ok, so we hear you. You’d like to comment on our blog, but registering is a pain. The steps required between the brilliant thought firing between your synapses and that thought appearing for all the world to see on our blog are unreasonably demanding. We understand—we don’t like registering ourselves (we only asked it of you so we could keep tabs on who was coming and whether they were well-behaved). So, as of now, we at Call & Response have removed the registration requirement. You’re welcome.

This means a few things. First, our apologies to those who took the time to register already. For example, retired bishop Ken Carder told me I sent him unwillingly into the commenting orbit of the blogosphere. It likely took Ken longer than it might take you or me. So to Ken: I apologize. But all is not lost. Aren’t you glad you got your feet wet? And plus, now that you’re already registered, your computer and the website will remember you, and you won’t have to type in your name every time you comment. And that’s time saved.

Second, individual comments will take longer to post. We might make you copy some of those squiggly letters that Ticketmaster and other sites use to prove you’re a presently-breathing person and not some spambot. It’s a headache, I know, especially because as the computers get smarter the lines have to get squigglier. Sorry for that, but it’s less headache than registering. We’ll need your patience as we make this change. And since we have less protection now from spammers and inflammatory remarks, please help us self-police our online community by reporting abuse.

What we’re trying to do, in short, is to be a bit more hospitable to you, gentle reader, as you come and talk with us. In return we’d ask that you show hospitality to your fellow reader and commenter through well-mannered exchange of ideas. It’s like how you’d talk in your church basement or your mother-in-law’s house. You might argue, but you’d do it in a way that suggests Jesus is just around the corner (or might even make the next comment).

Jason Byassee is an executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.