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Bug me do

I am somewhat concerned about the popularity of Bugmenot. I use it myself more and more often, and I know that my Modern Tales earnings are reasonably safe against the use of this service, but it still bothers me.

The difference between the login arrangement for Modern Tales and the registration/login for sites like The New York Times, from the user's point of view, is (or should be) that logging in to Modern Tales serves a beneficial purpose - verifying that you are a paying customer - and the nytimes login does not. We don't know why the nytimes wants your identity, but we think it has something to do with profiling your behaviour and leveraging that information with the advertisers. We don't like that or benefit from it.

However, there will be people who see the two situations as essentially the same. Hey, it's easier than remembering a password, right? And that information wants to be free, right?

People, quite rightly, are fed up with having to register for everything, remember passwords and sign in. A backlash against registrations could end up hurting fee-based sites. Or am I too pessimistic? I'd like to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Update: Adam refers me to Bugmenot's FAQ which advises pay site owners to submit their URL for automatic blocking from their database. That's good. Still, I think there's something to worry about when it comes to the hearts and minds issue.

Comments (3)

Believe it or not, but even using Bugmenot for a site like NYT caused a troubled conscience, although in this case my conscience was troubled by the fact it wasn't troubled. (See linked blog for a more indepth analysis of my conscience or lack thereof.) :-)

http://oknarb.web-log.nl/index.log?ID=707891

I would probably not wilfully use Bugmenot for a paid service, but also I would not go out of my way to find out if a log-in was shielding a paid service.

If I stumbled onto your archives at Modern Tales, and did not know it was a paid service, I might use Bugmenot to get in. Perhaps MT could make it clearer that this is for paying subscribers, and that proceeds go to the poor starving artist. (I know it is in there, but there's a lot of verbiage on that site.)

Smilodon:

actually what disturbes me is that there is an entry for Modern tales on Bugmenot!
I wonder if Joey know this... oh wait a moment... it doesn't work. Never Mind.

smilodon:

You know it occures to me that someone would have use an account that THEY are paying for to do this. I don't think its really a problem Reinder.

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