Seattle Bubble Announcements

I’d like to welcome Chad (aka synthetik) as the latest to join the Seattle Bubble team. He brings a unique perspective to the blog, and I’m looking forward to some of the posts he has in the works.

Additionally, I’d like to announce that for at least the short-term future, I’m turning off anonymous commenting. If you want to post a comment, you’re now going to need to go through the minimal effort of creating an account on Blogger. You’re not required to in any way associate your real name with a Blogger account, or even make your email address public. I just want the conversations to be easier to follow, and for people to have at least some minimal accountability for what they say.

Lastly, with the addition of a third regular poster, I’ve made some slight style changes in how the posts are presented. Specifically, I moved the “posted by” part from the bottom of the post up to the top, just underneath the headline. I’d appreciate feedback on whether this design provides an obvious enough differentiation between the different post authors.

I hope that you find these changes to be beneficial, but I welcome both positive and negative feedback. Feel free to email me (you’ll find the address in my profile) if you’d like to make your comments off the record. Thanks!

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About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.


  1. 1
    Eleua says:

    Bravo! on the no anon handle.

    This should allow several parallel conversations to take place.

  2. 2
    SeattleMoose says:

    “I’m turning off anonymous commenting.”

    Excellent. This will help level the playing field. Everyone will be more accountable for what they post.

    No more “ghosts” throwing tomatoes…

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    tomatothrower says:


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    S Crow says:

    Synthetic Chad-

    Please do not let the others know of the free beer and other perks in the contributors lounge. The Tim is a good man, darn good man.


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    Russell says:

    I, for one, welcome our new Synthetik overlord.

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    Mikhail says:


    Have you considered using a posting system similar to what Ben Jones has on his blog? His system allows people to easily choose a handle when posting WITHOUT having to go through the heavy-weight registration process that your site requires. I notice that are rarely any anonymous posts on Ben’s site, even though it is allowed.

    Clearly I don’t have a problem with having to register to participate in this blog, but I am just wondering if there might be other alternatives which would make it easier for more people to participate and STILL make the conversations easy to track.

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    synthetik says:

    I think that’s a good idea Mikhail…

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    The Tim says:

    The bummer about the threaded comment engine that Ben uses is that it only works with WordPress. From what I’ve been able to find, the only options open to Blogger users are the Blogger system and Haloscan.

    I haven’t thoroughly looked into it yet, but so far I don’t know tha Haloscan really offers significant benefits over Blogger. Does anyone have any other suggestions of possible solutions that are out there?

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    Grivetti says:

    Nice addition to the blog! BTW, I’ve decided to co-opt my blogger name… grivetti, as opposed to the ubiquitous ‘matt’…

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