Fake Registration Day
A movement is underfoot to undermine news sites that require registration in order to read their content by submitting fake registrations en masse
We, the undersigned, wish to demonstrate the pointless nature of forced web site registration schemes and the dubious demographic data they collect.
On November 13th we will each register an account using fake details at one or more of these top 10 offending sites:
While sympathizing with the sentiment, I see a couple of problems with this. First, even if you submit fake details, you still need to submit a valid email address (there are ways around this, but I bet most of the people participating will give their real email). Second, when you visit their site they'll know your ip address, from which they can get some demographic info (such as what city you're in). In other words, it's hard to give them completely misleading information, so they may still end up benefitting from fake registrations. (via J-Walk
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My I.P. info is actually Cleveland, OH - my company's corporate headquarters.
But, it does seem more trouble that it's worth. Those sites probably get fake information all day long anyway.
And ironic, given Alex's new comment board system. I am still waiting for assurance that I won't be deluged with more spam or charged for my registry.