by brian d foy
Related link: http://www.bugmenot.com
I ran across BugMeNot.com this weekend while I was researching some bits about the Times web site. The Times wants everyone to register, even to view their free content, and a lot of people simply create a false identity to get a login.
BugMeNot.com simply collects from its users all of those false logins. Now anyone can use them. Never have to remember your Times login again.
They even have IE and Firefox extensions to make it easy to use.
Fear not pay-for-use sites: BugMeNot.com says that they will not list logins for your site if you ask them not to.
Those wishing to debate this may want to read Adam Oram's "Before you speak of information pirates", or the lively (though mostly uninformed) discussion at Poynter.
It seems to have disappeared
BugMeNot seems to be missing, as I discovered when I tried to use it today.