Hello! You may have noticed that we've changed the way comments work on Gothamist. About a month ago, we transitioned to Disqus, a third-party comment provider. They offer a much better commenting experience than we had before—faster, more stable, and more secure. Disqus offers three ways of logging in: their own Disqus account (which works at a lot of different websites), or with Facebook or Twitter. For the last month we continued to allow logins with the old Gothamist site commenter logins, but this past weekend we discontinued that feature.

We stopped offering the Gothamist login for two reasons: first, providing it was causing our tech system to become unstable and that was causing slow page loads and site crashes. Second, we've also become concerned about holding commenter login information, which could potentially be misused if we were ever hacked. We had already been planning on phasing out the Gothamist login with our new site design in January, but because of the tech and security issues, we decided to speed that up and get rid of the Gothamist login option this past weekend.

What does this mean for you? Probably not much—less than half of you were still using the old Gothamist login. But if you were, you now have three choices for logging in: create a new Disqus login, or use your Facebook or Twitter account login. If you want to have access to your old comments, create a new Disqus login and follow the account merge instructions below. If you're concerned about anonymity, create a new Disqus login, using a disposable email account like Hotmail or Gmail and never use the same email or username you use at any other sites. And even with this new system, you should follow good password practices: don't use the same password you use anywhere else, and pick a strong password with numbers, letters, and punctuation symbols.

Thanks for your patience and understanding while we finish this comment transition this week. And if you have any suggestions or questions, leave them below. We have a lot of fun new tech stuff coming down the pike next month—more about that soon!