Too many websites now have mandatory registration. It's particularly annoying when you really have no interest in the site but just want to read one article referenced by Google.
Frankly, I wish Google, Yahoo, etc. wouldn't even index these sites. They deserve insignificance for their irritating registration requirements. Ultimately, I expect these will go the way of the Dodo, but in the meantime Bug Me Not has a solution. People submit fake registrations by using services like mailinator, spamgourmet or spambob. The login info is then listed on Bug Me Not's site, allowing you to login. If there is no working login, you are asked to create one and share it.
Ethical? Well, some say no, but I have no problem with this at all. If a site asks me to provide voluntary information, I might do it, but I don't like arm twisting. And I don't want to be pestered by their marketing department anyway.
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