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1:22 pm on Mar 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I was quite surprised when registering for this site, that both @me.com and @mac.com domains were blocked (these domains are given to Apple uses who sign up to Apple's MobileMe package).

Is this an anti-Apple thing? IMO, all the big computer companies (Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, etc) are just as evil, so I'm not sure why you would single out Apple users for "special treatment"?
2:58 am on Apr 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi HappySpaceInvader, first of all a warm welcome to WebmasterWorld!

Glad to see you were able to join even without the problem of using your preferred email address. I am not sure about the complete list, but a number of free email domains are not allowed to sign up on WebmasterWorld as a way to prevent spam flowing in from anonymous accounts. It is not an Apple specific issue. We love members from all types of the technology spectrum to take part here in the discussions. We even have a special forum for you :) [webmasterworld.com...]
4:12 am on Apr 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It is not an Apple specific issue. We love members from all types of the technology spectrum to take part here in the discussions.


Yeah webmasterworld even sponsors the Mac user pride parade every year!
12:11 pm on Apr 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Ah, ok but the domains I listed above are not free. An Apple .Mac/MobileMe account costs $99 per year. Perhaps a defective filter list?
7:52 pm on Apr 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Dude, he was just being polite. They actually don't want all those granola-eating mac users stinkin' up the place :).
7:54 pm on Apr 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Which is actually kind of ironic now that I think about it. Because everyone I know that's hot on Macs these days aren't graphic artists. They're tech-junkies. It seems the mac-user profile has shifted.
8:06 pm on Apr 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Well quite. I've been using Macs for J2EE development for the last 5 years.
9:48 pm on Apr 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

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What's an apple?
8:06 am on Apr 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

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What's an apple?

Ask your grocer.
4:02 pm on Apr 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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> I was quite surprised when registering for this site,
> that both @me.com and @mac.com

When we starting blocking Hotmail, *mail, me.com, mac.com, freemail.com., freemiummail.com, tripod.com, geocities.com, whateverMAIL.com.

Our pure effective spam rate? Went to less than zero.
Our suspect post rate? Dropped almost to zero.

It cuts the duplicate account issue problem that almost every forum on the web has.

This has over all increased the quality of discussions on WebmasterWorld remarkably over the years.

After validating with another email, you are welcome to add mac.com to your profile as your default email address.
4:24 pm on Apr 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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This has over all increased the quality of discussions on WebmasterWorld remarkably over the years.

It's less than perfect. I'm still here.
8:08 pm on Apr 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The system isn't perfect. :)
12:45 am on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Free email accounts like gmail are often used by scammers to create fake profiles, so such measures are required.
1:39 am on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I would have thought that an important part of the definition of webmaster ( this being webmasterworld..for actual webmasters ;-) as opposed to for any passing internet users ;-) would be having one, at the very least, domain of your own that you can use to sign up with..( or a non "throw away" domain email addy, if you are working on the web for a company of which you are not the boss ) after signing up ,you can, as Brett says, change it to what you want.