In February 2017, Massively OP switched over to a brand-new commenting system, necessitating new commenting accounts for all users. We are still in the process of testing, breaking, fixing, and adjusting this system, so please bear with us -- it is not finished; it is a work in progress.
How to register to comment
To create a commenting account, you will need to use an existing social account from either Google, Twitter, Steam, Reddit, or Facebook. We are not offering local accounts at this time, and Livefyre accounts no longer work. Our recommendation for privacy-inclined readers is to create a fresh Reddit or Steam account as they are quick, anonymous, and unintrusive, but of course you're welcome to use an existing account as well. Depending on which one you pick, you'll find different options for creating an account and picking up an avatar and display name -- click to expand for help on each one below:
Select Steam, log into your Steam account as instructed using the proper credentials, select "create a new account," enter a legitimate email address (for notifications), and you're in. By default, this process will use your Steam display name as your display name on MOP. By default, your MOP account will use your Steam avatar. To change your display avatar on MOP, change your avatar on Steam and then log out and back into MOP. Note: We did have reports that Steam Guard's overzealousness can potentially make logging into a Steam-based account here a minor hassle.
Select Reddit, log into your Reddit account as instructed using the proper credentials, select the option to allow the social login to access Reddit, select "create a new account," enter a legitimate email address (for notifications), and you're in. By default, this process will use your Reddit display name as your display name on MOP. By default, your MOP account through Reddit will use a blank avatar. You can associate your email with a Gravatar to add an avatar after the fact (it took my test about 20 minutes, a hard refresh, and a relog), but we recommend doing that before you create your MOP account, as that forces the gravatar to pick up right away.
Select Google, log into your Google account as instructed using the proper credentials, click "allow," select "create a new account," enter a legitimate email address (for notifications), and you're in. By default, this process will use your multi-word "Name" email/Google+ display name as your display name on MOP, not your handle; be advised that if you use a real name ahead of your email address in Gmail, that is what will show up, though you can change it ahead of time in Google or after the fact using the profile link below. By default, your MOP account will use your Google avatar. To change your display avatar on MOP, change your avatar on Google and then log out and back into MOP.
Select Twitter, authorize MassivelyOP Social Login to use your account and sign in, select "create a new account," enter a legitimate email address (for notifications), and you're in. By default, this process will use your Twitter display name as your display name on MOP, not your Twitter handle; be advised that if you use a real name on Twitter, that is what will show up. Changing your display name in Twitter will not change your display name on MOP, but you can use the profile link below to change it retroactively. By default, your MOP account will use your Twitter avatar (or a generic egg avatar if you haven't set one). To change your display avatar on MOP, change your avatar on Twitter and then log out and back into MOP. Extensive testing suggests it is not possible to change your display avatar using Gravatar.
Select Facebook, log into your Facebook account as instructed using the proper credentials, choose to continue as Your Name, select "create new account," enter a legitimate email address (for notifications), and you're in. By default, this process will use your full Facebook display name as your display name on MOP, not your handle. By default, your MOP account will use your Facebook profile photo. To change your display avatar on MOP, change your avatar on Facebook and then log out and back into MOP.
If you're creating a brand-new social media account to use here, know that Reddit and Steam are the fastest registrations; however, they'll still require an email address to attach here. If you have to make a new email too, Google will kill two birds with one stone and offers more account name customization. Facebook and Twitter are clunky registrations but might be more convenient for those who want to use existing accounts.
With all accounts, the next time you log out, you can log back in by clicking on the same social icon, which will now be connected to your MOP account. You will not need a password. If the MOP website is asking you for a login name and password, you are in the wrong place! We are still working on making the login process much more intuitive; pardon the mess while we tinker.
Help with Gravatars
How to edit your display name, email, and profile
With all accounts, you should theoretically
be able to use an avatar different from the avatar of your social account by creating a Gravatar
account (it's WordPress' avatar hosting system) and associating an avatar on that service to the email address you used when creating an account here -- not with the email address you have associated with the social service. However, Gravatar is somewhat buggy and can take hours to update and propagate, making testing it difficult, and some services (Twitter and Facebook, at the very least) do not play nicely with it. The only service that absolutely requires Gravatar (unless you're ok with a blank icon) is Reddit.
Testing your new account
With all accounts, you can edit your profile
to change your display name; add a nickname, then change your account to display that nickname publicly. This is not the permanent solution.
You are welcome to test out your account in the original switchover/FAQ thread
We welcome bug reports to tips
Code of conduct
For everyone's sanity, please follow a few simple rules: No hate speech, no personal attacks, no flamebaiting, no trolling, no threats, no sockpuppets, no advertising, no spam, no harassing the staff, no whining about moderation, no whining about the existence of an article that nobody made you click on. Don't be this.
Posts that break our rules or posts orphaned by such may be deleted at the staff's discretion; repeat offenders will be banned. Please don't feed the trolls or post about comment moderation in the comments. It's a better use of everyone's energy to make new good comments instead. Click the report button or drop us a tip to bring problem posts to our moderators' attention in a hurry.
Someone is breaking the rules
My comment was deleted
Please use the report functions (the flag button in the offending post) or send us a note
so we can take a look as soon as a moderator is available. Those of you who report spammers are heroes.
If your comment broke any of our community commenting rules, it may have been deleted or replaced by the moderators. You may also have been a perfectly innocent bystander swept up in deletions of other chains of posts that broke our rules. Your post may also have been incorrectly flagged as a bot (it happens if you post a lot of links, we've noticed). Please don't post about comment moderation in the comments; if you think your post was auto-flagged as spam, drop us a note instead
Frequently asked questions
Why did you drop Livefyre?
What happens to our Livefyre accounts and comments?
Adobe bought Livefyre in 2016 and decided to shut down the version
we were using; we had no choice but to move. Rather than switch to another third-party service, we opted to carry out our pre-existing plan to replace it with a native system that will better support our CMS and possible forums in the future.
Livefyre accounts no longer work on the site as the service no longer works. You will need to create a new account to comment. We are still working on backfilling old Livefyre comments on the site. They won't be pretty or attached to your accounts, but they will be archived. We are not sure what will happen to images.
What happens to donor badges?
Badges were a custom hack we commissioned; they were designed to float alongside your Livefyre account names. We will be rewriting the hack for the new comment system, most likely piggybacking off the built-in rep system, but it will take us some time to collect and re-match new account names to badges. I will let everyone know how we'll be conducting the new username collection/match-up project down the road, but it does mean our badges will be offline temporarily. I do not have an ETA for their return, but I promise that they will.
What are you working on in the short-term?
Re-import of old comments, the profile and registration issues, media uploads, badges, and about 50 other things -- but those are the most critical.
How does the new system one compare feature-wise
Real-time commenting, upvoting, media uploading, subscriptions and notifications, customizable edit timer, mobile support, manual mentions, better skinning, widgets, comment counts, staff flagging, user reports. It doesn't have automatic local accounts, auto reply mentions. I'm calling mod tools a wash -- they're better on the back-end but not real-time and not orphaning to taste. It also does not have a built-in ignore feature, but we'll consider whether we can feasibly add that once we've got the bugs worked out.
Are you going to do forums?
This move paves the way, given that the new system already integrates with multiple forum plugins, but no promises.