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Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive has changed its comments policy for blogs, FishbowlDC has learned. Readers now have to be registered with in order to post comments. This is the same policy required for commenting on stories.

Word is that there’s been problems with spam attacks and the free-for-all policy on blogs. It’s certainly had an effect: The change occured late last week and you can already see a drop off in comments. A Sarah Palin item, for instance, might have drawn 300 comments before the change. Now it’s likely to only garner 10-20.

ALSO: Steve Turner has resigned as VP of Technology and CTO of the Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. “During his time here, Steve built a Technology team with the technical, managerial and process skills we need for the future,” an internal notice obtained by FishbowlDC reads. “In addition, he enhanced network and server capacity at our hosting facility in Ashburn, allowing us to support record page views, and implemented a state-of-the-art backup system. Steve was also responsible for the smooth transition of Newsweek and the Slate properties to Ashburn. We are grateful to Steve for all of his contributions.

Roger Andelin, the Chief Information Officer of will replace him.

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