I wander the Internet, surf the web or whatever you want to call it on a regular basis. I like to engage with people I meet, add comments to blogs etc, but I have a pet peeve. Some SEM guru somewhere decided that collecting email addresses and forcing people to "become a member of the site," before they can leave a comment would be a good idea. Wrong.
It is a rotten idea!
Seriously - very bad idea to force your readers to join your mailing list. It annoys the life out of me and - I don't know the exact figures - but I would bet most of the email addresses collected this way are garbage disposable ones. I have several I use to sign up for things that I then delete when the spam gets overwhelming. Thank you Gmail for that.
That is assuming I can be bothered to fill in the application to become a member, validate my email address and leave a comment. Most times I can't be bothered. Stop annoying me - please! If I want to sign up for your spam email list - I will do so. And if you want to leave me a comment - feel free - I will not make you do anything. I dofollow all links in comments and if you want to join my mailing list - there is a box on the top right of the side bar.
Rant over - here are a few funny images I found in my travels.
Thanks to Surviving the World for the chalkboard.