Blaat, guest posts that are utterly meaningless clutter up the database MORE than a few members who registered and decided never to come here again.
Just because they only registered to make one post doesn't mean that they are disgruntled because they couldn't post as a guest. There is a REASON more or less everywhere follows the 'register to post' thing. It's something called 'sanity'. Anyway, I digress.
Many members register with the intent to post. But hell, they may lose interest in the forum.
So what if they can't post as guests, and are made to register? They should think themselves bloody lucky they can VIEW the forum! Enough places you can't even do that without registering (C-GEN, anyone?). If they're too lazy to click 3 hyperlinks and fill in 6 boxes, then in my book they're too lazy to POST.
Banshee, I duly note that you've ignored more or less ALL of my post (I assume you only quoted and responded to the only bit you had an 'appropriate' counterargument for), and the other posts gone before. Seriously. Do you just choose not to counter every point of discussion, or do you think that by sweeping it under the table I'll forget I even posted it?
I can see the people who get narky because they can't post on a forum not using forums very much, because more or less every forum follows that trend.
Me? I honestly couldn't give a fuck if I have to register to post. Usually, if I'm looking for something in particular, and I stumble across a site in Google, if it doesn't answer my question I click the X anyway. If I like somewhere on looks, I register and post. Just about everyone I know feels the same.
I guess Hostile doesn't frequent many forums, if the fact he can't post as a guest freaks him out enough to make him want to bugger off and never return.
I mean, jeez. And you think I'M narky?