Logic in having to register with non-free email?

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I was just wondering what the logic is in not accepting registrations using free email accounts such as Hotmail, given I've just been rejected on this reason?

I've been using stephencarmody@hotmail.com for something like 6 years now. It is my only public contact address. I would not use my work email address as it's only ment for work related communication, nor any crappy ISP email account I may currently have as we all now how much of a hassle it is when changing ISP's.

So why are you insisting I provide a less stable email account (i.e. change jobs, change ISP) then my hotmail account?

Secondly, would I still be able to enter and win programmer contests with only my forum account?

If so, I guess I can live with out a site registration, but non-the-less it is a shame.

Thanks,
Stephen

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Ok I just read bullet21's post about his issue with not being able to register with hotmail account.

Is it cool Souri, if you let me use my hotmail account aswell?

Thanks,
Stephen

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quote:Originally posted by Stephen

I was just wondering what the logic is in not accepting registrations using free email accounts such as Hotmail, given I've just been rejected on this reason?

I've been using stephencarmody@hotmail.com for something like 6 years now. It is my only public contact address. I would not use my work email address as it's only ment for work related communication, nor any crappy ISP email account I may currently have as we all now how much of a hassle it is when changing ISP's.

So why are you insisting I provide a less stable email account (i.e. change jobs, change ISP) then my hotmail account?

I think my post to Bullet21 says it all really. What's to stop someone bent on abusing the service when it's so easy for them to register a new account on Hotmail etc within minutes? Ponder on the possibilities of abuse on a free image hosting service like Sumea can pose, and you can understand why I don't want to give membership without some sort of safe guard.

If I weigh up the potential amount of headaches I can get through abuse by opening up to those registrants, to inconveniencing genuine people who prefer to use hotmail than their own ISP email address, then obviously I choose the latter.

If you do change jobs or ISP (which I'm sure isn't that often), it's a simple email to me to adjust your details with a new email address. It's not hard to do.

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Right... so a site account is inaccessible to me then.

Can I still enter and win (God forbidding) programmer contests with only my forum account?

Thanks,
Stephen

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Check your email.

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Thanks Souri.