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Signed up for boards and it BLOCKS my gmail addy!

Ok #*$!? This is a Gmail forum and i cant sign up with my email account?!

7:16 am on Feb 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This doesn't make ANY sense to me, and feels a bit hypocritical.... I use Gmail.... I signed up for these boards because i saw some topic of interest. So my email is @gmail.com.... The server says Gmail is BLOCKED!

Why? That made me very mad actually.

8:33 am on Feb 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a lot of sympathy for boards that block gmail addresses.

The reasoning is likely to be the same as blocking hotmail and yahoo and other free email accounts.

Unlike email acccounts directly with ISPs, the board owner cannot easily trace them back to a person.

Which means the freebie accounts get used by board spammers, doing URL drops and other extra-to-TOS activities.

The downside for the spammer is, at worst, the loss of a free email account.

Of course, blocking freebie email addresses does not alone stop board spammers. But security is build in layers, and for some boards, it is a necessary layer.

Which is a reflection on the sad state of the Internet.

8:19 pm on Feb 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Why? That made me very mad actually.

First thing to realize about this place is there's a good reason behind everything. This is undoubtedly the best webmaster forum online and it got that way by incredible forsight on the part of Brett and his moderators. There have been several things about WW in the past that I thought was poor policy, but after hearing explanations, they made perfect sense and I could only admire the mind that thought of it all.

They say Brett even has a good reason for not using CSS much on the site, but I must say that's one area where the explanations don't quite make sense to me... ;)

5:57 am on Mar 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Good point MatthewHSE, the policy's of this site though annoying at first glance are all carefully thought out and make the place what it is today.
12:39 am on Mar 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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They just dont want lamers off the street coming and posting with their free addys. That is why I used my domain email to sign up, then changed it in prefs.