while the growth of the community is a good thing, if you force it on people it would prolly hurt us in the end for a couple reasons:
1) if people can't browse what is here already, then how do they know signing up is worth it? we'd prolly have lost some people that way
2) the information is the same rumors (plus our speculation) that can be found in hundreds of places on the net
3) the registration is free, so even if guests did have to sign up they could still leech the info that you're worried about (see #2) and never contribute a thing to the community
Well i think it would turn people away. We may get more members but alot less returning visitors. People that are looking for certain things and realize that they will have to spend a minute or two registering will just hit the back button and try a different google link.
No, it was a good idea, and is implemented on a lot of forums, it just doesn't seem right for this forum. I'm not sure how i0n has it setup currently (or how our bandwidth situation is) but it would be a good idea to block the gallery and attached images prolly (if its not already done)