Not like there aren't a Lot of em.. including this one. (which i've avoided mostly due to my own dev work, sorry, Tom)
Tis planned for July 4, 2004 as an opening day, and of course visitors are welcome, 'scuse the construction, it's normal.
And NO there won't be spam or popups, and NO there won't be any privacy violations.. BUT.. yes you'll have to register to post.
I gave that registration requirement some serious thought, and looked at a fast growing user group as a reason to avoid reg'ing.. and a degree of control over what folks post as a reason to require it.
Registration won on points. I'd love to see tons of visitors. Lots of people are put off by having to confirm intent. BUT.. to avoid some email harvesting, and pointless spam posts, and ease the job of banning idiots, registration helps.
So.. control or convenience? Eh, I went with control.
Just for drill, and if anyone wants to check it out.. I have a few faq's up, basic tutes, and appreciate suggestions for improvments.
here's one link to an editorial..