Why does everything on the web require registration?

By: on June 12, 2007

Some sites or services, quite reasonably, need to know who I am (and that I really am that person, to some acceptable level of verifiability). It’s usually because they hold data on my behalf, and neither me nor they want anyone else getting at that data.

But why does InfoQ require me to register to download a free PDF?
They say,
… we’re happy to offer a free version for download, to get this knowledge in as many peoples hands as possible;
however, I had to complete a long form (to which I mostly invented answers), then verify my email address, then navigate back to the page. I hardly see how that is compatible with the stated aim.

After running into that, I almost despaired when I went to download the official MySQL JDBC driver.
Almost: there’s actually a link below the register (or log in) options saying “No thanks, just take me to the downloads!”.

Yay for MySQL.com!

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3 Comments

  1. Thomas says:

    “But why does InfoQ require me to register to download a free PDF?”

    Marketing

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is why bugmenot.com was invented.

    By the way, I had to supply a name and email address to make this comment. Oh, the irony….

  3. mikeb says:

    @Thomas

    Sure, marketing, but why do they expect
    1. to get any useful data out of it
    2. an email address to which someone is listening
    ..

    @Anonymous

    Heh, yes, touche. It’s laziness in not changing the WordPress default — we couldn’t care less, so long as it’s a person posting.

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