Half the fun at the Bilerico Project happens in the comments. I can't thank you all enough for participating there, those who do. Not only does it let our contributors know that someone is reading them, it helps us learn and grow as writers and thinkers!
If you think a contributor is wrong, wrong, wrong, leave a comment in that post! We aren't hard souls here at TBP - we can accept criticism and grow. If you think a contributor is right-on, also leave a comment to encourage them to speak out more. The contributors and the editorial team take comments seriously, and we get into fun discussions in the threads as well.
I love to receive comments from new people who I haven't seen on the site before. Since I just had to go approve a long line of comments, I'm moving this post up about how to register to comment (so you don't have to wait to be approved!). Some HTML basics are after the jump as well.
You can register as a trusted commenter here at the Project. All you have to do is sign in down at the end of the comments section with your LiveJournal, OpenID, Movable Type, Type Key, or Vox user name. If you don't have one of those, you can sign up for one there with Movable Type or Type Key. It's really easy, and then Bil can make you a trusted commenter after your first comment. No more waiting for Bil or me to get out of the shower and approve your comments!
We also allow basic HTML for hyperlinks, blockquotes, and cool styles. Here are some things you can do in the comments here to make what you say look snazzy.
Hyperlink: A hyperlink is that thing where the text you're reading turns green and is underlined for a few words and you can click on it to go to another webpage.
The way you'd type something like that into a post is like this:
<a href="http://www.example.com">Like this</a>
Make sure to use the "http://"! This also helps to keep long URL's in the content column instead of drifting off to the side of the browser.
Blockquote: Do you like quoting others? This helps to delineate what you say and what someone else is saying, like this dude says:
Kneeling comes naturally for a priest. Mm-hmm. Doesn't Mark Jordan estimate that 2/3 of priests have G-cards? Well, then. I'm going to say that this is more likely than not a blow job joke.
Just put in blockquote tags - <blockquote>Quoted text</blockquote> - and you get some indentation action.
Stylized text: Do some fun stuff with text. DON'T FORGET THAT ALL CAPS MAKES YOU SOUND CRAAAAAAAAZY AND NO ONE WILL TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY. Italics and bold are good substitutes:
- <center>This centers text on the page</center>