We don't need no stinkin' login

Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. Mudbug Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    figured this was appropriate due to the fact that anytime I link a story that requires registration, in the first 3 posts of the macbytes thread someone always complains about it. :D
  3. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020


    Jan 20, 2003
    New York
    it really is annoying though. i know most times when an article is here someone posts the story, but other times, it gets annoying. come on, why do we need to register if it's free?
  4. Stike macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2002
    For the purpose of user identification - who posts what on this forum, for example ;)
  5. shamino macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    That's all wonderful for a forum - where people are posting stuff. It is perefectly reasonable to require this. It allows readers to know who said what, and the site admins can shut down any accounts that start abusing the system (e.g. spamming).

    (Of course, there are forums that don't require registration - like SlashDot - but they end up suffering some problems as a result. You get a lot of anonymous spamming and flaming that must be moderated/blocked by the administrators based on less-personal information like IP address - which isn't nearly as reliable.)

    Read-only sites (like newspapers) are altogether different. The only reason for registration on something like that is because a greedy site-owner wants to gather information to sell to spammers. The New York Times doesn't know who I am if I buy a copy of their newspaper in a local store. Why should they have to know who I am if I want to read the same article on their web site?
  6. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    I think that story should have required a login, just for the sake of irony.
  7. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    The reason they have logins is because it lets them charge more to advertisers. Even a zipcode profile of your readership has value to draw advertisers. Even a database with bogus info mixed in.

    I don't like it... or Internet advertising at all... or TV ads... or any ads... but I like it better than sites vanishing because they make no money, and I like it better than paying to view news.

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