I really dislike internet sites that require registration before you can view their content. I’m not talking about fee paying sites. I’m talking about discussion boards. Forums, y’know?
I don’t want to have to give a board that I may never again visit my personal information. I don’t want to set a unique password for them that I then have to remember. I don’t want to give them my email. I sure as hell don’t want to see their spam.
It makes perfect sense to mandate registration if a person wants to post to the board, but for simple browsing? Stupid.
Yesterday, I followed a link from Twitter concerning how to build a proton pack, an article posted to the Ghostbuster Fans board. Arriving at the link, I found registration was required to read the article.
Of course, I posted to Twitter directing the comment at the Ghostbuster Fans guy (@GBFans).
Instead of responding with a reasonable explanation as to why they require registration, GBFans replied with something less than satisfying. Since he deleted his response from Twitter, I am quoting below instead of posting the image. GBFans said:
If you are truely interested in the content, you will register for our site.
Immediately after receiving, I re-tweeted his rather dick-ish remark.
And I followed it up with this one…
Shortly afterward I was pleased to see this…
It’s amusing because GBFans described a goal yesterday:
2000 Followers! I never thought we would see the day when we hit 2000, that really is just a huge amount! What’s next? 3000!? GBFans.com
I just don’t think that’s how you do it.
To be honest, the Ghostbusters Fans site looks like a terrific site. All kinds of great ‘Buster content to geek on. I don’t want to register for your site, though. And I certainly don’t want to have anything to do with a site representative who’s response to surfer’s feedback is essentially “you wanna see it, you will comply.”
GBFans is a jack-hole. And I’ve got no use for him or his site.