Won't You Be My Friendster?S

To keep the comments as fresh and outstanding as they've been up to this point, we've commissioned Commenting Guru Rob Iracane to write a bi-weekly Comment Ombudsman column. It runs every other week. This is that week.

Mr. Iracane is the guy who approves and deletes comments around here, and the fellow to whom you should address any comment account requests, and he will explore issues involved in commenting, what makes a great comment thread, what's working, what isn't, answer your questions, so on. We want the place to continue to be as much fun as it is every day, and it's not an execution thread like our friends at Gawker do. We like to be inclusive here, because if we're not, we'd be forced to rely on our own wit and knowledge, and that's a scary thought indeed.

So here's this week's column, which fully explains the whole "friend" commenting stuff our Gawker friends have brought us ... after the jump. Of course, don't be afraid to let him have it in the comments.

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Will, Rick, and the weekend daddies may be the ones who sign their names to the posts around here, but we know who really brings the magic: Supermike. No, I'm kidding of course; it's every commenter except Supermike who make Deadspin run as smoothly as Brian Westbrook through the Redskins' secondary. But if you're like me and you want to follow Supermike's every move, you are in luck! Yes, it's finally true: you can now follow your favorite commenters and see their most hilarious retorts, even on the front page of Deadspin!

Here's how: First, log in using your comment ID and password in the boxes at the top of the page. If you don't have an ID already, click the "new user" to sign up. Once you're logged in, click on your comment ID displayed at the top of the page where it says "welcome." This leads to your commenting home page, and along with updating your picture and screen name here, you can see all your comments, clipped posts and view your current friends and followers.

How do you get friends? Well, it's just like real life. When you see a commenter you'd like to befriend, click the little plus icon next to their name. You've got a friend! And your new friend has a new follower: YOU! Like I said, it's just like real life. Next time I'm out at my local watering hole, I'm going to try pressing someone's "plus" icon if I'm feeling a bit lonely. Hopefully I won't get punched in the face.

Now that you have friends and/or followers, how can you use this to your advantage? Well, you'll be able to read your friends' comments right on the front page of Deadspin, interspersed with Will's usual posts about Barbaro or YouTube videos with wacky pratfalls. You'll see your friends' comments from other Gawker Mediaís blogs, too, so you can follow all the wacky stuff Unsilent Majority says over at Fleshbot.

The only thing more fun than adding a friend is breaking up with one. If you want to ditch someone because they've become about as boring as a Dolphins game, just click the "x" next to their commenter name. (Again, just like real life.) They'll disappear faster than the Lions' postseason plans. I'm putting as many professional football similes in this column as the Redskins blow late leads.

Finally, if you want to totally take this social networking thing to the nth degree, click on someone's commenter name, check out their profile page, and leave them some hilarious feedback. Look, I just did it right this very minute! Ferreals! If you have any problems with this awesome new technology, send an email to commentguru AT Deadspin DOT com so I can compare your inadequacy to that of the Cincinnati Bengals.