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We welcome you to sign up for a Community User account here at Daily Kos.

Paid staff writers only create a part of our site content. The rest is created by Community members. Some of our most widely-read posts are by Community writers with a compelling personal story to tell, or deep knowledge about local politics to share. Community writers enrich the scope and variety of topics we can cover beyond the range of our staff writers, who bring their special expertise to bear on major political developments. Having a Community User account permits you to write your own blog posts and comments and to write replies to the blog posts and comments of other Community members and Staff writers. It also allows you to recommend comments and stories.

As a member of Daily Kos, you are a part of the largest online progressive community in the nation. We are both a news organization and an activist hub. Your comments and stories will be visible to thousands of site readers who visit Daily Kos every day. Thus, you can contribute in a meaningful way to one of the most flexible and feature-rich websites still open to community participation, and be a part of the advancing the shared causes we champion.

It's easy to sign up for a user account.

BUT before you sign up, please keep this in mind: Choose your username with care. Your username will appear on every post and comment. (Your Community status will be indicated by the caption "Community" under your byline for a post, and your user profile will show up in blue rather than the orange reserved for Daily Kos Staff.) Your username will also be visible in association with every comment and story you recommend. We permit people to post in complete anonymity or to post under their own real names -- but we do NOT permit people to change their usernames once they've created a posting account here (except in unusual and rare cases). So please choose your username very carefully.

When you are ready to sign up for a user account, you can click on the Sign up button at the top of any page and follow the prompts, or use this direct link. As part of the process, you will receive a couple of confirmation emails -- one to activate your account, and one to confirm that you succeeded in doing so.

After you sign up and login, the site will look a little different to you in a number of places. Perhaps the most obvious difference is the top bar of the page. Instead of asking you to sign up or login, it will show your username (and a space for an avatar) and a Blog it! link with a little pen icon.

Stories will look different too. At the top and the bottom of each story you will see a comment box, ready for any text or photo, and almost any embed you want to supply in response to the story. You will also see a reply button attached to every comment except for the Tip Jar, so that you can respond to comments other people have made.

After you have signed up and logged in, you are good to go! There are a number of finer details to know about posting and commenting, but you will pick up a lot as you go along. You are welcome to take a look at other Knowledge Base articles. It might also be helpful for you to read the site Rules of the Road. One of your first comments will probably be greeted by a member of our Partners & Mentors team. long-time users who post a message supplying additional information for new users. You are also welcome to return to the Help Desk with any questions.

Some new users decide to take their time getting acclimated, reading and commenting in Open Threads. Others decide to jump right in by posting their own stories. Either approach can work beautifully.

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