It's weird because I thought we all agreed on this a few years ago, and yet more and more I still get hit with the registration wall.
Yeah, it seems like it's hard to break old habits even when the numbers spell it out pretty clearly
This is a great point. I was vehemently against the principle of the website I just put up a couple of days ago, where people have to sign up to a newsletter (... email address, first name, last name, job role, state...) ...
... to receive a link to a Facebook group...
... but if it gets asses in the seats, and gets us a ton of data - who am I to argue?!
(ellipsis were on sale)
I think a lot of it is that companies and businesses want access to your inbox as fast as possible, which is why many of them make you register/sign up even though it's not completely necessary, which sucks.
At first I thought this was going to be about websites that pop up a "sign up for our newsletter even though you have no idea if you like anything on our site yet!" panel every time you visit. I'm totally with you on this issue too, though.