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New Facebook commenting system debuts in Fab Forum today

March 16, 2011 | 12:56 pm

Later today, the Fabulous Forum blog will switch to the Facebook comments system. The Times’ Technology blog has already made the change, the first blog on to make that switch.
Once we’ve made the conversion, the only way you’ll be able to comment on the Forum will be by using your Facebook account. Comments that have been made under the previous system will disappear; the only ones that will remain are the ones you’ve written using Facebook.

Jimmy Orr, the managing editor, online, has posted the reasoning for the decision on the Readers Representative journal here. In a nutshell, we’re hoping this change brings more consistency to the commenting process. It will allow your  comments to be posted immediately, without the sometimes lengthy delays that we currently experience while comments are moderated.

Of course, change always brings positive and negative reactions, and we want to know what you think of this one. This initiative is an experiment, one we’re hoping will enrich the commenting experience. But let us know what you think. If you want to tell us, comment on this post, e-mail me by clicking here, or e-mail Martin Beck, the Times' reader engagement and social media editor, by clicking here.

All Things Lakers, the Times' interactive database on the Los Angeles Lakers, is also already using the system.

--Houston Mitchell