Come, let us gaze boldly into the amazing future together, where events such as these will affect you ... in the future.

As you may or may not know, readers of SFist are permitted to submit responses to our incredibly incisive writings. These Complimentary Sentiments, or "com-ments," form the lifeblood of our work, as without input from our audience we are like blind actors stumbling about on the stage, constantly in danger of tumbling into the orchestra pit. Our corporate masterminds are always on the lookout for new and exciting technologies to improve the commenting process, and now at last the story of their search can be told.

You may all prepare, in the coming months, for a revamped commenting system on SFist. All commenters will have the opportunity to get profiles, so it'll be easier for to identify yourself and link automatically to a list of your recent comments. (Just like how it works on the Gawker sites, one might observe.) Anonymous comments will still be permitted, much to the relief of the Newsom administration, but if you're commenting without using a profile, you won't be able to choose your own name -- it'll just show up as "anonymous." And other readers will have the option of hiding all anonymous comments, so if you don't use a profile, your comments might never be read.

Why are we introducing these breathtaking changes? Gothamist explains,

We've made these changes because the old comment system was constantly getting snarled with spam, and we wanted to give our readers a personal page here on the site.

So that's why we're doing it. If you check out Gothamist, you can see what the future of commenting on SFist will look like, which is good, because the future is where we will spend the rest of our lives.