Starting today, you will be able to log in our Comments system with your Facebook account. No, you don't need to have a Facebook account to comment, but it will make things easier for both you and us. By using Facebook's authentication system, you get the benefit of reserving a nickname to use on our website, and we get the benefit of easier and more accurate comments moderation. That's in a nutshell, read further down for more details about the whole deal.
We get thousands of comments - a day! Comments on everything, from opinions on phones, to comments on news articles or reviews. We care about privacy, so we allow anonymous posting, but that opens the door to trolling and bashing and that's just counter-productive.
We have automatic systems in place to catch most of the spam and our moderators do their best to weed out the remaining "bad" comments. But they can't get through all of it.
Bad comments hamper the usefulness of comments - personal impressions, corrections and interesting links help both us and our users.
We avoided introducing our own registration system for several reasons:
We have found a nice solution, one that solves these problems. Facebook Connect allows secure, reliable authentication. We don't need access to your personal information - authentication happens with Facebook's servers, we just want you to pick a nickname to use at our website.
To register, open the Register nickname page and hit the Login with Facebook button. You'll be redirected to Facebook, where you'll need to sign in and allow GSMArena.com to access basic information.
Don't worry, that doesn't allow us to post anything on your Facebook wall or News feed, none will your GSMArena.com comments appear anywhere on Facebook.
Once you do that, you'll be redirected back to the Register page. Enter a nickname and hit submit - that's it! The nickname is reserved and will be automatically used in future. Best of all, you can change it, if you get some second thoughts.
Later, you can change your nickname to something else (as long as it hasn't been registered). Just open the Register nickname page and enter the new nick (Note: you need to be signed into Facebook Connect to do that).
Here are several good reasons to register:
Now one thing should be clear. We're not shutting down the anonymous posting functionality. But as usual, the anonymous posts will continue to go through more checks and will get held up for moderator approval most of the time.
Now go ahead and post a comment below and claim your nickname along the way. And don't forget to tell us about your experience with the system.