Gut Rumbles

June 30, 2004

a peeve

I WILL NOT read any article from any publication that requires me to register to do so. I simply will not. To register is an inconvenience, an invasion of my privacy and an insult to me. If I click a link and a registration page appears, I shout "FUCK YOU!" at the computer, spray spittle all over my keyboard and usually knock my cigarette from my ashtray as I wave "The Bird" at the screen. Yeah, I've got your registration dangling.

Then, I go somewhere else that DOES NOT require me to register and I can find the same story by a different writer, or sometimes the SAME ONE. I would much rather deal with pop-up ads than registration pages. As I said, if I have to register to read you, then fuck you.

I don't know how many other people feel the same way I do about registration pages, but I'll wager that enough of us are out here to make it a losing proposition for newspapers who do it. How much money do they make selling names and addresses to spammers versus the readers they lose through required registration? Has anybody researched that subject?

I don't care. My mind is made up on this topic.


Amen, brother.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis on June 30, 2004 01:02 PM

Not going to register to read someone's Blog either, doesn't seem right.

Posted by: James Old Guy on June 30, 2004 01:16 PM

Use it in good health.


Posted by: kd on June 30, 2004 01:22 PM

Check this out: a site that provides fake registration
data. It even has a toolbar button so when you're
confronted with demands for user/pass you
can just click right through.

Posted by: Mark Shaw on June 30, 2004 01:36 PM

NYTimes has disabled all the bugmenot logins. Not that I'm all that broken up over it.

Posted by: shell on June 30, 2004 03:02 PM

I enter in false information. I'm a 73 year old retired male living in New York, I like watching pro football and crocheting, and my name is Nunya Bizness.

Posted by: sugarmama on June 30, 2004 03:57 PM

Ah yes... Nunya Biznness. A lot of the time, I like to be Zuzu Bailey.

Posted by: kd on June 30, 2004 06:49 PM

Dear Rob - You're preaching to the choir, son. I refuse to go anywher I have to "register". As for pop-up ads, look into Pop Up Killer. I've had it a couple of years now and I can't remember the last time I saw a popup ad. All the best, Terry

Posted by: Terry Reynolds on June 30, 2004 07:13 PM

Ty. B. Bumm here. password is always "(yourwebsite)sucks". Of course, the natural extension of this is pay to read. Once they get enough registrations, that is.

Seriously, this is why I don't give a rat's ass about the liberal media, nor do I see them as a threat long term. Their days as a viable business model are numbered. Have you noticed the page count in rags like Time Magazine?People are voting with their $$$ and dumping newspaper and magazine subscriptions at a healthy rate. Why should I pay money to be insulted by a 25 year old liberal journalism major when I can get more timely and objective news and opinion online from Townhall, etc?

Posted by: mike on June 30, 2004 07:18 PM

I just become 85-yr old Marie Leveaux of Swamp Sweat, Loozyanna - and use one of the 3-4 alternate e-mail addys that I keep for anonymity.

Guess I agree with your sentiment, Acidman, but I'm just not stubborn enough to tilt @ this particular windmill.

Posted by: Hap Arnold on June 30, 2004 07:22 PM

It is annoying, but I'm like Sugarmama... I fill in phony info and click on through. If a real email address is required, I have several that I only use for this purpose, so the Spam isn't an issue.

What strikes me about all of this, is you can't be honest anymore... You have to be devious and lie about who you are or be subjected to a ton of trash you don't want or need.

Strange society we live in, no?

Posted by: Bob on June 30, 2004 10:42 PM

I feel the same as Acidman on registration.

I don't want to lie - to fill in false information. I hate the whole thing, so I won't do it.

But I make an exception when it comes to comments on blogs. In that case I accept that there is a need for registration, because of trolls and spam. I don't blame the bloggers for this.

Also, when posting comments I use a fake address. That's because when I decided to let my conscience be my guide and use my real address, I opened my mailbox to a river of spam that has never stopped flowing.

Honesty doesn't work.

Posted by: David Blue on July 1, 2004 03:21 AM

Did you all hear about that lovely mess at AOL? Where one of the EMPLOYEES managed to get ahold of the subscriber base, and sold the list to his spammer friend? I imagine that things like happen with the lists that newspapers, ect. have, but we just don't hear about them.

Posted by: Cythen on July 1, 2004 03:49 PM

That's why I can't view the New York Turd... er Times online or any other mainline newspaper. But if you hunt around you will find it without the imposing login.

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