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Stop linking to "news" sites that require registration - RF Cafe Forums

Because of the high maintenance needed to monitor and filter spammers from the RF Cafe Forums, I decided that it would be best to just archive the pages to make all the good information posted in the past available for review. It is unfortunate that the scumbags of the world ruin an otherwise useful venue for people wanting to exchanged useful ideas and views. It seems that the more formal social media like Facebook pretty much dominate this kind of venue anymore anyway, so if you would like to post something on RF Cafe's Facebook page, please do.

Below are all of the forum threads, including all the responses to the original posts.

 Post subject: Stop linking to "news" sites that require registration
Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:43 pm 
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Joined: Tue Dec 26, 2006 5:39 pm
Posts: 28
I was hoping that I could create a poll here in the RFcafe forum section.

I find it very irritating to read a headline on the RFcafe.com homepage that I find interesting, but when I click on the link, I end up clicking around for five minutes before I realize there is no way to view the story without registering on another site.

My opinion is that those sites should be totally ignored.

What does everyone else think ?

 Post subject: Re: Stop linking to "news" sites that require registration
Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:44 pm 
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Greetings wb9jtk:

I totally agree. In fact, I specifically try to avoid linking to those kinds of stories. Occasionally if I think something's relevant enough I'll do it, but as a rule I avoid stories requiring a login. I challenge anyone to find more than a dozen out of many hundreds in the last year.

There are instances in the Recent Additions column where I'll link to an IEEE paper that requires registration, but a lot of RF Cafe visitors have access by membership. Companies like Agilent and Tektronics require you to sign in to download many of their papers, so I will sign in under my own password to get access to the URL and then link to that URL so that others don't need to sign in.

I have written to many webmasters over the years to express discontent over the subscription policy and tell them that I will not send RF Cafe visitors to their websites for stories that require registration. The Military & Aerospace Defense Electronics website started posting partial stories then requiring login to complete, and after three or four times of writing to the webmaster, they finally stopped doing it for most articles. It probably wasn't just my complaints that reversed their policy, but I was active in changing it.

So, I've been a huge protester myself over such idiotic policies. However, as mentioned, I'll continue to link to stories if I think they're relevant enough, because a lot of folks actually do already have logins for those news sites and will go to the trouble if they're interested enough.

- Kirt Blattenberger :smt024
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 Post subject: Re: Stop linking to "news" sites that require registration
Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:28 pm 
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Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2006 9:01 am
Posts: 15
I hate the login stuff too, but I don't remember hitting one from a headline on RF Cafe and I come here almost every day... during the week anyway. Admittedly I don't click on every link every though. Can you give a couple examples?

... Jose' Arrina

 Post subject: Re: Stop linking to "news" sites that require registration
Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:01 am 
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This one had an interesting title. I have not read it, and will not. I am sick of registering for no reason.

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