We have a question for you guys: is anyone else frustrated with the
Washington Post? In our case, it has somehow not kept registrations, and
since they have a fairly lengthy registration form, that's a pain. We know people who have abandoned reading the post on
line because of the frequent loss of registrations.
We like them, we think they have one of the best sports pages in the
business, if not the best.
Tony Kornheiser is alternately hilarious and dreadfully insightful, not least of all if you are
what he's zooming in on.
We also admire Michael Wilbon, Barry Srvluga, Sally Jenkins at times, John
Feinstein, and we miss Shirley Povich, who died a while back in his 90s.
He worked up until the end, and was the kind of guy who you could go to to ask,
gee, what was Gene Tunney like? And he'd be able to tell stories.
He's also the kind of guy who makes people go up to his kid and say,
"you'll never be the man your old man was, kid!" Take that,
Anyway, we mention this because we'd like to start a campaign to get the
to take a look at what they make people to do read the paper online.
Please keep in mind that we're big fans of the paper and we value it, and our
goal is simply to help them find easier ways to connect with fans like all of
not a cheap site to maintain. We don't even mind that they use
long as they are responsible about what they gather.
The problem is that it seems we must re-register at least once per
week, and when we include a link to their site, for it to be useful
for you, you must also register.
The information sought goes well
beyond that normally collected by other registration sites: There
are four mandatory questions related to your employment, from
which one may reasonably deduce a range of income. They also make you disable the pop-up
We suspect most of this information is gathered for targeted advertising.
The requirement that you allow pop-ups only helps to confirm that
focus. While we are not opposed to advertising per-se, we feel this
is one of those cases where the advertising requirements become
excessively intrusive. There are people who will not want to give
up their privacy, and we hope the Washington Post would be willing
to make accommodations for those people. If you agree with us, you can
Please write a short, polite letter asking them to consider revising their
registration policy. It's a shame that such a great paper is so hard to
won't be a fifth season for college basketball players: the NABC has dropped
the idea, citing "unintended consequences," which likely means that
the idea of single-sport administration is tougher than they expected it would