Some of you may have noticed this morning that when you attempted to post, you first had to register on the site with a username and a password. We’d like to explain.
Magical Words only works as a site because of all of you. Your responses to our posts, the discussions on craft and process and the business of writing — those are the essence of the site. We love the give and take, and we would never do anything to circumscribe the free exchange of ideas that we enjoy here. We are not interested in running a site where everyone defers to our opinions and no one disagrees.
Sadly, however, not all exchanges remain civil and not all comments offer constructive observations relevant to the topic at hand. In recent weeks we have felt that an increasing number of the site’s discussions have turned nasty and have left members of our group feeling bullied and offended. For this reason, we have decided to take a firmer hand in moderating discussions. We will never use our authority to edit or block legitimate contributions to the site. But neither will we allow personal attacks on MW’s writers or guests. Again, we welcome divergent opinions. We don’t expect unanimity; we do expect civility.
Site-wide registration is something that we here at Magical Words had intended to implement long ago. It shouldn’t present any sort of inconvenience. In fact, you came here today expecting to read a longer post, perhaps to comment. Instead, why don’t you sign up now. Simply click on “Register” in the column to the right. That will take you to a page where you can enter a username and your email address. The site will send you a temporary password, which you can use to log in. When you do, change the password to something you’ll remember, and you’re done. Magical Words will never ask you for personal information, and use of the site will always be free.
Thank you for all you contribute to our site. And thank you as well for your understanding in this matter.