When we first launched RH Reality Check three years ago we made a commitment to providing an open forum for discussion of the issues surrounding reproductive health and justice. Commenting on the site has grown dramatically as our community has grown over the years. In 2007 we averaged just 5 comments per day but now, on average, there are more than 80 comments posted to the site everyday.
To encourage participation, we have always allowed anonymous commenting on the site. But anonymous commenting also has its drawbacks. One of the most common of these noted by readers is that with more than one person commenting under the psuedonym ‘Anonymous’ it becomes very difficult to follow discussions in the comments sections. We’ve built a strong community of readers concerned about these important issues and we have decided that it is time to require registration to comment on RH Reality Check. Requiring registration will help make discussions easier to follow as every commenter will have a unique name and we hope it will help increase the civility of discussions as it will be easier to hold commenters accountable.
Registration takes less than a minute and requires only an email address and a name. You do not have to use your real name. Your email address will not be made public or shared with anyone. You’ll receive a confirmation email from us and once you click through to confirm your registration you can choose to add a photo and bio to your profile page if you wish. With registration also comes the ability to post reader diaries, a popular new feature on the site of which over 75 readers have taken advantage of to date.