Adrian Holovaty posted about registration for online news sites today, basically pointing out that forcing users to register to see articles but not providing any other value to them via the registration process is pointless. I used to register for the big sites (like the New York Times), but at some point I just decided I wasn’t going to do it any more. As newspapers added registration to their sites, I just quit reading them. Now, of course, I just rely on BugMeNot. Their Mozilla extension makes it particularly easy to get a username and password for just about any news site that requires free registration. I don’t use BugMeNot out of some protectiveness over my personal information, which I know is already completely compromised, but rather out of laziness. I just got fed up with typing in my name, address, and so forth.