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#1 Posted by big_jon (5727 posts) -

Can someone explain this to me, I really don't understand the reasoning behind this, it just seems really dumb.

I didn't know you could pay for Email...

#2 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19339 posts) -

To make it more exclusive, probably.

Also, we're not NeoGAF here. So...

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#3 Posted by Zero_ (1973 posts) -

You pay for your ISP's included email address. NeoGAF does so as a preventative albeit minor measure to curb the amount of idiots.

#4 Posted by BeachThunder (11934 posts) -

Forget Neogaf; we are the only e-family you will ever need.

#5 Posted by mnzy (2914 posts) -

It's a pretty dumb thing, really. 

#6 Edited by big_jon (5727 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

Forget Neogaf; we are the only e-family you will ever need.

:`D

#7 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3869 posts) -

I've never checked that place out and I could be totally wrong but everything I've heard about gaf makes it seem like that place kinda sucks.

#8 Edited by Three0neFive (2293 posts) -

A lot of people see GAF's restrictions as stuck-up and elitist, but honestly, creating a barrier to entry like that is a fantastic way to curb the trolling and idiocy found on most forums.

Fuck SA, though.

#9 Posted by big_jon (5727 posts) -

@TheSouthernDandy said:

I've never checked that place out and I could be totally wrong but everything I've heard about gaf makes it seem like that place kinda sucks.

Do tell.

#10 Posted by Jimbo (9809 posts) -
@Three0neFive said:

A lot of people see GAF's restrictions as stuck-up and elitist, but honestly, creating a barrier to entry like that is a fantastic way to curb the trolling and idiocy found on most forums.

They don't consider it stuck-up and elitist because it's a circle-jerk of industry types?
#11 Posted by VierasTalo (779 posts) -

It's also a lot easier to prevent people make more than one account with the email restrictions.

#12 Posted by Portis (1287 posts) -

I like Neogaf @big_jon said:

Can someone explain this to me, I really don't understand the reasoning behind this, it just seems really dumb.

I didn't know you could pay for Email...

While there are pay email services, most people on that forum use their work emails or student emails (.edu) to sign up.

#13 Edited by Dany (7887 posts) -

It is the easiest way to prevent trolls and dumb-asses from ruining the forums. I don't see whats wrong with it, it works.

#14 Edited by Mikemcn (6988 posts) -

They're trying to tell you you're not good enough for them. Forget those losers.

#15 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3869 posts) -

I THINK it was Jeff Cannata who was waiting months for his account to be accepted. A dude like that is the last person who's gonna start trolling and he's gotta wait to be accepted on a video game forum? I get keeping out trolls but I dunno. Seems silly. But thats just my opinion.

#16 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

Yeah, actually signing up you need a legit email and you have to wait in order to be accepted. By that point anyone who was attempting to 'troll' forgot about why they signed up for the site.

#17 Posted by Demoskinos (14830 posts) -

Funny thing I have a NeoGaf account back from when this wasn't a restriction yet I never use it. Place sucks. Fuck the ivory tower I'd rather be down in the shit with you motherfuckers.

#18 Posted by YetiAntics (1490 posts) -

I dunno. To be pricks?

#19 Posted by iAmJohn (6120 posts) -

@TheSouthernDandy said:

I THINK it was Jeff Cannata who was waiting months for his account to be accepted. A dude like that is the last person who's gonna start trolling and he's gotta wait to be accepted on a video game forum? I get keeping out trolls but I dunno. Seems silly. But thats just my opinion.

All new accounts have to be administrator-approved, which is fine in theory because like the "no free email accounts" rule, it puts a second check in there against troll or dupe accounts. The problem, as I've always understood it, is that Evilore (the dude who owns NeoGAF) is the only one who can do it and he's a lazy piece of shit so he only ever gets around to it once every eight months or so.

#20 Posted by Patman99 (1583 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

Funny thing I have a NeoGaf account back from when this wasn't a restriction yet I never use it. Place sucks. Fuck the ivory tower I'd rather be down in the shit with you motherfuckers.

No kidding. Giant Bomb is the best dating advice website I've ever been too. Just weird that they post a lot of news about video games...

#21 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1727 posts) -

Uh oh, don't insult gaf! They might make a thread about you.

#22 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

But using your ISP provided email address always seems stupid since it'll be gone if you change ISPs, unless you want to pay a fee to just keep the address. Being screwed by this twice already, I was elated to get into gmail a little early.

#23 Posted by iAmJohn (6120 posts) -

@MrKlorox said:

But using your ISP provided email address always seems stupid since it'll be gone if you change ISPs, unless you want to pay a fee to just keep the address. Being screwed by this twice already, I was elated to get into gmail a little early.

It's only used for account creation and approval, nothing else.

@Vegetable_Side_Dish said:

Uh oh, don't insult gaf! They might make a thread about you.

Is this a reference to that time someone made a thread on here asking why NeoGAF has a bunch of threads based on Giant Bomb and why they don't just come post here that ended with a bunch of GAF posters (myself included) showing up in that thread to start a fake war with GAF?

#24 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

One thing I like about gaf is how they usually have everything posted, news related, at the moment it breaks with a full synopsis and breakdown of the details. The folks there that do that are really on top of their game.

#25 Posted by VetleNM (84 posts) -

If it had worked as intended, I wouldn't see any problem with it. For some weird reason, my university email is not accepted (@uit.no); I've tried signing up twice, and my account was rejected after a couple of months both times. That kinda sucks, but I'm not an active poster in any way, so it doesn't matter that much to me. It's still by far my favourite forum to lurk on.

I can totally see where they're coming from, though. It limits the amount of accounts one person can have, and it keeps trolls and idiots at bay. A ban is more meaningful if you can't just sign up again without going through some extra hoops, and their activation process takes forever, so you wouldn't be able to jump back into the fray right away anyway. And practically everyone's got access to a "premium" email account in some way, either through their parents, their ISP, their school or university, or their work.

It's nice we still have forums like this though, where everything you need to sign up is a regular old web-based email address.

#26 Posted by Portis (1287 posts) -

I'm still waiting for my NeoGAF account to be approved, but I do really like that forum. I'm really looking forward to being able to participate community forum so I can play with a big group of people in various multiplayer games.

#27 Posted by big_jon (5727 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

Funny thing I have a NeoGaf account back from when this wasn't a restriction yet I never use it. Place sucks. Fuck the ivory tower I'd rather be down in the shit with you motherfuckers.

I really love this statement, it reeks with awesomeness.

#28 Posted by pornstorestiffi (4915 posts) -

Gaf is like the game industrys playpen where developers and so on can be anonymous and post all the smack they wan't to.

#29 Posted by StarvingGamer (8238 posts) -

Because they don't understand that people move and change jobs.

Also assholes.

#30 Posted by Demoskinos (14830 posts) -
@pornstorestiffi Dunno about that Dennis Dyack got in a pretty public spat with Gaffers I think in early 2011 I wanna say? Could have been 2010 too.
#31 Posted by pornstorestiffi (4915 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

@pornstorestiffi Dunno about that Dennis Dyack got in a pretty public spat with Gaffers I think in early 2011 I wanna say? Could have been 2010 too.

Try 2008 haha. Well some of them are very open about who they are. But not all of them. Dennis Dyack got him self banned on GAF because of his holy crusade.

#32 Posted by Demoskinos (14830 posts) -
@pornstorestiffi Wow really it was that far back? Shows what I know!
#33 Posted by Hunter5024 (5683 posts) -

@iAmJohn said:

Is this a reference to that time someone made a thread on here asking why NeoGAF has a bunch of threads based on Giant Bomb and why they don't just come post here that ended with a bunch of GAF posters (myself included) showing up in that thread to start a fake war with GAF?

That's awesome. Behold the glorious possibilities of the anonymous internet. A war with Oneself.

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#34 Posted by alternate (2705 posts) -

I doubt it ss laziness that prevents verification of accounts. They like to keep the numbers down to foster the idea that they are the elite and when industry and press bitch about how even they can't get accounts it just feeds the ego.

#35 Posted by WMWA (1162 posts) -

Do they just reject accounts even if you have a legit email? I signed up about a month ago using my state work email, haven't heard anything yet. Actually kinda forgot. @state.(my state abbrev).us

#36 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19339 posts) -

@wmaustin55: I believe some have literally waited for one year to be accepted, so you should probably wait for more than a month.

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#37 Posted by WMWA (1162 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ Yeah I just didn't know if they don't accept people just because they don't want to. Like if even all my info is legit it'll still get rejected for some reason.
#38 Posted by N7 (3588 posts) -

I used to know a lady who got accepted six months after she signed up.
 
I think I'm good here, personally.

#39 Posted by pickassoreborn (525 posts) -

Think I once tried to create a NeoGAF account way back when to mingle with fellow game devs. NeoGAF admin didn't let me into their treehouse. :(
 
Am I missing much?

#40 Posted by TheKing (835 posts) -

I've had a NeoGAF account for awhile now, never posted anything though.

#41 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1727 posts) -
@iAmJohn said:

@Vegetable_Side_Dish said:

Uh oh, don't insult gaf! They might make a thread about you.

Is this a reference to that time someone made a thread on here asking why NeoGAF has a bunch of threads based on Giant Bomb and why they don't just come post here that ended with a bunch of GAF posters (myself included) showing up in that thread to start a fake war with GAF?

Something like that!
#42 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Why do you need them when you have us? You're not cheating on us right?

#43 Posted by big_jon (5727 posts) -

@Phatmac: No, just infiltrating as I Giantbomb spy. :D

#44 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1324 posts) -

I'm still embittered by this policy for their forum. It's a dang internet forum and this policy seems to lock out so many people, all for the sake of preventing something that of course still exists on there anyways "internet idiots or whatever".

@vetlenm said:

And practically everyone's got access to a "premium" email account in some way, either through their parents, their ISP, their school or university, or their work.

I don't know... I've been using Gmail for almost a decade it feels like, I'd have to actually call up my ISP and get them to jump me through hoops to get my ISP email address working again, that seems incredible stupid just to access an online forum. The whole policy feels like a case of burning the many to try and save the few, though the few kinda burn anyways.

I just saw the latest new looking version of neogaf and got sad that I'll never be able to register an account :(

I 'get' the reasons for the policy, I also 'get' the reasons for eugenics. The scale of these issues couldn't be farther from each other but the irony is basically the same.

#45 Edited by Humanity (9242 posts) -

It's pretty stupid. SomethingAwful does it way better by making most of the forums restricted behind a paywall so that you're actively discouraged from being an idiot because you paid to post there and if you get banned you will have to pay again.

Which of course doesn't stop some people from constantly getting banned and buying their way back in - a great source of revenue for Lowtax.

#46 Posted by gkhan (439 posts) -

I like Metafilters policy, which is to charge 5 bucks for each new account. It's a small enough sum to be essentially symbolic, but it keeps the vast hordes of the internet out and makes it an awesome community.

#47 Posted by egg (1467 posts) -

This is why nobody should go to neogaf!

non-free email... really...

#48 Posted by CptBedlam (4451 posts) -

@humanity said:

It's pretty stupid. SomethingAwful does it way better by making most of the forums restricted behind a paywall so that you're actively discouraged from being an idiot because you paid to post there and if you get banned you will have to pay again.

Which of course doesn't stop some people from constantly getting banned and buying their way back in - a great source of revenue for Lowtax.

I find this paywall stuff way more stupid than the non-free email adress requirement at Neogaf.

#49 Edited by lord_canti (1512 posts) -

as some one who has never been to neogaf and only seen it mentioned here and there i can only assume its because they occasionally have nameable people on there e.g. denis dyack or people from company's putting out leaks. asking for you to not use a free address will stop people making a account putting out something slanderous or fake information and disappearing into the sunset.

i direct you to reddit's /r/gaming a couple of months back, they had some one make a post about being given a tour around a pr firm and overhearing people talking about upvoting/creating positive xbox one posts and mass downvoting negative ones. when the mods looked into it they found it to be entirely false with little evidence, but in the mean time this had been spread around forums and such and became a bigger thing than it should be.

#50 Posted by Rune_W (4 posts) -

I´m using a PAID email and even so, they dont approve my account.