A lot of smart people — much smarter than me — have been working behind the scenes for quite some time, and the LoHud Yankees Blog is ready to begin free registration later this week. This is the product of conversations that have been going on for months back at The Journal News. It is also the product of my bosses’ dedication to keeping the comments section as user-friendly as possible. Here’s a quick message with the nuts-and-bolts details from our online department. They’re the ones who did all the heavy lifting here.
Starting Tuesday, July 20, we are implementing free registration on the LoHud Yankees Blog. This is not meant to hinder you in any way. Rather, it will make reading and commenting on the blog a richer experience. By introducing registration, we will try to ensure that the conversation is free from the distractions of spammers, trolls and imposters.
Registration will be necessary for those wishing to post a comment on a blog entry. If you simply wish to read the content, you do not need to register. Each person who wants to comment will have to register a unique username. In addition to choosing a username, you will be asked to submit a valid e-mail address, your gender, zip code and age. This information is for demographic purposes only and will not be released to any outside party without your express consent. However, you may receive promotional or informational e-mails related to the LoHud Yankees Blog. You also must check the box saying you agree to the Terms of Service. Once you register and sign in, you’ll be able to comment as much as you wish.
To kick off this new feature, we are holding a drawing for those who register between noon July 20 and noon Aug. 3. Ten users chosen at random will win prizes provided by LoHud.com/The Journal News and Steiner Sports. You must be a registered user to enter the contest. Only one user per household may win. If you are one of the 10 chosen, you will be notified by e-mail following the registration period.