Site announcement: Registration now required to post comments

To our users,

On Thursday evening, we at made a change to our comment function. You are now required to register in order to post a comment on one of our stories.

We believe in your right to express opinions about the news. We believe the comment function can provide useful discourse and open a dialogue between members of the community. We believe it can be used to supplement the information provided by our hard-working news staff. Most of all, we believe you have something to offer, and - in an age of instant news - that should provide you with the means to share your knowledge.

If you find a post you believe is inappropriate, we encourage you to use the 'report as violation' link located at the bottom left corner of every post. This will send an e-mail directly to our online editors, who can then judge whether the post is in violation of site rules.

Comments can be a powerful tool. We hope you will use this tool with intelligence, good humor and civility.

On behalf of the online staff and The Telegraph, thank you for using


Ryan Gilchrest

Online Site Manager