Update 10-27-10: Here are some troubleshooting tips if you're having problems logging into Disqus or staying logged in.
McClatchyDC has switched to a new article commenting service called Disqus. Disqus offers many new options to watch, follow and share comments, and it provides greater accountability among contributors to improve the quality of comments.
As with any major change, however, there may be problems and questions. Here's a quick guide to the new system.
No. If you're already registered with McClatchyDC, your existing login information will continue to work. If you've forgotten your username and password, you can have the information resent to you by visiting this link.
Yes. In addition to being able to log in and comment using your existing McClatchyDC username and password, you can use your login and password for Disqus, Facebook or Twitter.
Avatars didn't migrate to the new commenting system. We've created a default Avatar for readers who log in using their McClatchyDC user names and passwords. If you want to display a unique Avatar, you'll need to upload one to Disqus, Facebook or Twitter, and then sign in using that service.
Yes. Your McClatchyDC screen name remains unchanged. However, if you log in and post comments using a Disqus, Facebook or Twitter account, your screen name will be the one you use on that service.
Once you post a comment, the comment appears to you with an "edit" button below it.
If you delete a comment in Disqus, the comment does not disappear from where it was posted. Instead, its ownership changes from you to "anonymous" or "guest." The only way for a comment to be completely eliminated is by a moderator.
To delete a comment, go to your Disqus account at http://disqus.com/profile/mycomments. You can view, edit and delete any of your comments from there.
To delete a comment posted via Facebook or Twitter, your account would need to be linked to a Disqus account.
Yes, but this button has been renamed "Like."
Yes. The ability to reply to specific comments is unchanged.
Place your cursor on the comment. A link labeled flag will appear. Click it and follow the instructions.
They disappeared when the new service went live. Sorry.
Those services have been discontinued. We found that fewer than 1 percent of users set up profiles or personal blogs, and there wasn't an easy way to find friends' profiles. Most users rely on Facebook as their primary profile site. Our hope is that the additional Facebook login option will provide our readers with the best of both worlds: the ability to comment on McClatchyDC with their Facebook account information and the ability to share selected posts to their Facebook profile pages.
For problems with article commenting or for feedback on the changes, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.