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Contributor Accounts

The default setup of Worpress security for comments is inherently insecure in that all one needs to do to impersonate an user is to know the alias name and email address combination. A much more secure solution is to establish an account, have that account configured as a contributor, and then you can simply login once, and WordPress.com will know who you are. In addition, you can manage you account and do things like set you nickname so that things display properly on comments you post. More importantly, other people will not be able to impersonate your identity.

Here is the process:

  1. Register for an account using our registration page.
  2. Once you provide a username, your email address and a password to the account creation form, you will receive an email containing a confirmation link to complete the account creation process.
  3. After you have successfully created you account, login with the username and password you defined in the previous step. This is take you to you WordPress account home page and at the top-left corner of the page should see a ‘My Account’ menu. Under that menu you can select the ‘Edit Profile’ sub-menu which will take you to a page containing information about your nickname. Scroll down a bit to find the nickname field (which will probably container your username as the default value) and change this to the alias you use here. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Update Profile’.
  4. Scroll back to the nickname and just below that you should see a drop-down menu from which you select the name you want to appear when you post here. You should see you nickname in the list – select that, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Update Profile’ again.

OK – now you have an account containing your email address, your username, and your password. To complete the process come back to this page and try adding a comment to the post below saying something like – “I’m ready!”. As soon as I see your comment I’ll be able to grant you Contributor privs to Polotic 101.

With Commit privs in place you will be able to write the next Politic 101 post. Once you have written a post someone with Editor privs does the job of scheduling if and when your post goes public. If your just getting started on all of this blogging thing – don’t hesitate to add a comment below with questions and I’ll try and help out.

Once your registered with Politic 101, you can login using the link at the bottom of the sidebar on the right. When you login you will be taken directly to you management page here at Politic 101 (where you can review any of your posts in progress and other boring administrative stuff). To view the site and do you regular comment stuff, just click the button ‘Visit Site’ and your set.

26 Responses to “Contributor Accounts”

  1. 1
    Enemy Combatant says:

    “I’m ready!” ….shall we rock ‘n’ roll?

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  3. 3
    Enemy Combatant says:

    Cat, my post is published here but WordPress says my password is “Invalid” so I’m still trying to find a way in.

    http://gitmojoe.wordpress.com/2008/07/14/electoral-fraud-can-diebold-do-it-again/

  4. 4
    Catrina says:

    EC – basically you have created the blog entry on your own blog, not this blog. When you browse over here to this page you should see the ‘Site Admin’ link just over on the right. Click on that and you’ll be inside this blog.

    P.S. Have emailed you some details addressing the login issue.

    UPDATE: EC’s account is up and operational.

  5. 5
    Chris B says:

    Same email address as I am using.

  6. 6
    Catrina says:

    Chris at 6 – Looking into it now.

    UPDATE: Email address not recognized by WordPress.com – have emailed you extra details.

  7. 7
    megan says:

    Catrina,

    Am having probs with my posts today…some getting through ,others ether.

    Do you have any idea what I may be doing wrong?

  8. 8
    Catrina says:

    megan at 7

    I understand some of the problems EC has been having but your case is somewhat baffling. For some reason several of your posts have been trapped but I can’t see anything in them that would trigger this. For the moment I’m still researching.

    FOLLOWUP:

    EC and megan have been granted Editor privs which enable self management of Akismet Spam issue (instructions on spam management have been spent by email to EC and megan).

  9. 9
    megan says:

    Cat,

    Since you have given me this snazzy new status,the spam

    problem seems to have vamoosed.

    Thanks :)

  10. 10
    Kirribilli Removals says:

    Ok, Catrina I am now ready to rock and roll.

  11. 11
    davidgould says:

    I am ready.

  12. 12
    David Gould says:

    Rather, I am ready now – forgot to update.

  13. 13
    Catrina says:

    KR and DG are now wired up and ready to go.

  14. 14
    panther45 says:

    Hi Catrina, Chris B now panther45. Might have less trouble, I think someone else had my username.

  15. 15
    Kirribilli Removals says:

    Ok, thanks.

    And you gazumped me too! LOL

  16. 16
    Catrina says:

    Panther45 (a.k.a. Chris B) added as contributor.

  17. 17
    Gaffhook says:

    Megan

    It was ESJ who made the comment about Kirri being right not the “horse”. He is neighing rather loudly over at the other site and William told him to pull his head in.

  18. 18
    Gaffhook says:

    Megan soon as i posted that i went out. Just got down the road and the penny dropped. Of course you meant Mr Ed the talking horse.

  19. 19
    William Bowe says:

    [comment reposted by WB under Editorial Policy]

    http://pollbludger.wordpress.com/about/editorial-policy/#comment-2671

  20. 20
    megan says:

    Sorry about all this,Catrina.

    Suppose it was going to happen sooner or later.

    Anything I can do to help?

  21. 21
    Catrina says:

    megan – for the moment lets just sit back and see what people think

  22. 22
    GhostWhoVotes says:

    I am ready.

  23. 23
    Catrina says:

    GhostWhoVotes at 22

    You have been empowered with Contributor privs. Go ahead and write up a post and when your done mark it up as “Pending Review” and I’ll follow-up with the editorial/publication stuff.

  24. 24
    Maloti Ray says:

    Catrina, ready when you are, thanks.

  25. 25
    Catrina says:

    Maloti Ray at 24
    done

  26. 26
    Gaffhook says:

    Catrina, I am ready.

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