Should we convert SC to be a logged-in only resource?

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Should content be restricted to logged in users only?

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Should we convert SC to be a logged-in only resource?

Postby Dave Avery » Wed Sep 17, 2003 6:57 am

Hey all

I'm thinking of converting SC to require logging in to read content. We actually have sometimes 15-20 people online all as guest. It may be you folks, but it may be others lurking. This may be a great way to bring some lurkers out and into the fold. I also would imagine that some information people provide on this bbs should at least be mildly protected (case in point, the videos, which were getting 100 downloads a day and killing our bandwidth usage)

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Postby mackgoo » Wed Sep 17, 2003 7:15 am

If first timers can't see anything they may just move on.
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Postby Dave Avery » Wed Sep 17, 2003 7:22 am

Good point Bruce. Well, they would see invitations to join for free :) We'd probably leave the announcements area open, or a special forum that encourages them to join for free. Spyderowners requires login, as do others like it.

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Postby PhotoAaron » Wed Sep 17, 2003 8:11 am

Dave,

I think log in ONLY for posting or downloads. Lurkers only last so long, they either go away or become active members.

I always tell people to check out SC.com when they ask about my car, or show interest in buying/building a 550. SC.com is a good resource for those people, PLUS it helps reduce the constant questions from everyone you meet on the road. When people wanna ask tons of questions about my 550, and turn my quick visit to a gas station into a 30 minute cross examination, I just say \"Are you on the internet?\" \"Well, just check out SpyderClub.com\" Works great. I'm back on my way, and the interested people I come across have a place to research the cars.


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Postby 550Joe » Wed Sep 17, 2003 8:16 am

I say go for it Dave. Plus it will give you a larger pool for the upcomming dues drive if the lurkers are forced to step up.
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Postby Simonster » Wed Sep 17, 2003 9:17 am

I like Aaron's solution.
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Postby Dave Avery » Wed Sep 17, 2003 10:20 am

Thanks guys

Aaron's solution is the present way the site runs... the downloads are not possible to restrict without writing a large management interface around them. Let's keep the ideas coming.
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Postby Ed Black » Wed Sep 17, 2003 11:52 am

Just put yourself in a potential new user's place. Oh! Great! A site about Replica Porsche 550 Spyders! I always liked those cars, I'll take a look. <click> What is this? I have to login? It wants my email address? The last time I did something like that I was overrun with spam. What are they trying to sell me? Maybe this is a porn site? This makes me nervous. I'm outta here! <click> Oh! Great! A site about Gummi Bears!

A site that is not growing is dying. This sounds like a very bad idea to me. Lurkers always outnumber posters and they often outnumber registered users as well. We were all lurkers once.
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Postby AJK » Wed Sep 17, 2003 12:03 pm

I was about to vote yes to require loging on, until I read Ed's post and changed my mind. I agree with ED. Let's not require the log on.
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Postby 550Joe » Wed Sep 17, 2003 12:04 pm

Speak for yourself Ed, I for one was was never a lurker! :D Just look at my member number http://www.spyderclub.com/phpbb2/memberlist.php

I say anything that will cut down on the bandwidth useage is a good thing
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Postby TerryB » Wed Sep 17, 2003 1:59 pm

Dave:
I frequently appear as a \"guest\" only because I do not want to take down my firewall to allow the site to use the cookies. If there is a way to allow automatic log in while my firewall is still in place, let me know. Thanks, Terry
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Postby Charles » Wed Sep 17, 2003 4:43 pm

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Postby tmpusfugit » Wed Sep 17, 2003 4:57 pm

no also
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Postby Dave Avery » Thu Sep 18, 2003 5:17 am

TerryB wrote:Dave:
I frequently appear as a "guest" only because I do not want to take down my firewall to allow the site to use the cookies. If there is a way to allow automatic log in while my firewall is still in place, let me know. Thanks, Terry


Hi Terry

I'm suprised your firewall blocks all cookies... Can you just allow spyderclubs through? As a policy I block all "third party" cookies, but allow cookies from the site itself. This is due to the fact that most personalization that occurs on pages needs to tie your visit to your ID in order to provide the custom content, as SC bbs does. Just a thought :)
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Postby » Thu Sep 18, 2003 7:11 am

Dave,
Yesterday, I voted to make the login required, but after reading Ed Black's post =D> , I too agree with him and request that my yes vote be cancelled and put a no vote in it's place.
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