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Post Posted March 11th, 2004, 2:46 pm

BugMeNot.com was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of web sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information.

Why not just register?
* It's a breach of privacy.
* Sites don't have a great track record with the whole spam thing.
* It's contrary to the fundamental spirit of the net. Just ask Google.
* It's pointless due to the significant percentage of users who enter fake demographic details anyway.
* It's a waste of time.
* It's annoying as hell.
* Imagine if every site required registration to access content.

http://www.bugmenot.com/

What do you think?

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Post Posted March 11th, 2004, 3:41 pm

Seems useful. I use Google to read nytimes articles though. It's quicker.
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Post Posted March 11th, 2004, 3:49 pm

Isn't this against most TOS agreements?

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Post Posted March 11th, 2004, 4:28 pm

Generally if a news site requires registration i wont bother readin it's articles anyway.
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Post Posted March 11th, 2004, 4:53 pm

The FAQ points to the pretty usefull http://www.mailinator.com/

I dig.

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Post Posted March 11th, 2004, 5:25 pm

Isn't this against most TOS agreements?

If it stops people spreading spam/private data, I dont think anyone will lose any sleep over it. Plus, as it says, it's hideously annoying.

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javascript:(function(){ function fixFileUrl(u) { var windows,u; windows = (navigator.platform.indexOf("Win") != -1);  /* chop off file:///, unescape each %hh, convert / to \ and | to : */  u = u.substr(windows ? 8 : 7); u = unescape(u); if(windows) { u = u.replace(/\//g,"\\"); u = u.replace(/\|/g,":"); } return u; } /* bookmarklet body */ var loc,fileloc; loc = document.location.href; if (loc.length > 9 && loc.substr(0,8)=="file:///") { fileloc = fixFileUrl(loc); if (prompt("Copy filename to clipboard, press enter, paste into validator form", fileloc) != null) { window.open("http://www.bugmenot.com/",""); } } else window.open("http://www.bugmenot.com/view.php?url=" + escape(document.location.href),""); void(0); })();

This bookmarklet will apply it to the current site that you're on, opening it in a new window.

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Post Posted March 11th, 2004, 8:11 pm

But if it breaks TOS agreements, the websites will simply suspend those accounts, and this website will become slightly useless.

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Post Posted March 11th, 2004, 9:11 pm

Then they'll just make more accounts. Anyway, as long as it works, all is good.

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