New Web site policies (updated).
Effective this weekend, Commonweal is introducing some changes at its Web site. Probably the most significant change is that while stories from each current issue of the magazine remain available for free, almost all stories prior to the current issue, and our extensive searchable archive of past stories, are now only available to paying subscribers.
If you are already a paid subscriber to Commonweal in print, you can continue to receive free access to the Web site. You will, however, need to go through a one-time registration process that links your online login to your print subscription. You will need a recent issue of the magazine in print at hand so that you can find your print subscriber account number on the front cover. To keep your free access, please visit http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/my_account.php.
[Update: Some users are understandably having trouble with this step of the process. Your mailing label may have eight digits in the account number position. If so, only the first seven constitute your account number.]
If you are not a print subscriber, you can purchase an online-only subscription for $25/year. Just visit http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/my_account.php and complete the secure ordering process.
If you don’t wish to follow either of these paths, you are welcome to remain a reader of the free content on the site and to comment on dotCommonweal. You do not need to take any further action at this time if this is what you want to do.
Be advised that once the new system goes into effect, the username you chose when you registered with the site will appear with every comment you leave on the blog, along with the e-mail address you provided.