dodecahedron wrote:sorry for my ignorance, but what difference does it make?
unless registration costs money, of course. does it?
if not, what do you care?
It matters to me because I use many computers during the day, from many locations. So it means I have to log in at every PC to view posts, and potentially leave insecure cookies at PC's that don't belong to me.
For my main PC, I also delete all cookies on a daily basis, to prevent potential leakage of info, so I only log into websites like CDRLabs.com when I want to post, not when I want to view topics.
Finally, lurkers do contribute as well. Requiring registration precludes any potential contribution from lurkers who may have that one hot deal or piece of info that may help you a lot.
Imagine if CDRlabs.com became a registered user only website. This website would be much more closed and less diverse.