: Here’s an AP story on the rash of newspaper sites requiring registration (it particarly seems rashy because Knight Ridder and Tribune have have been putting up the gate a paper at a time).
Years ago, the newspaper industry tried to start a constorium of its online news services, the New Century Network, and among the thing — the too many things — it tried to do was create a uniform registration and login for all member sites.
Oh, if only that existed: Register once and get into any news sites without having to reregister or even log in and the sites get the data they want without pissing off their readers.
It would be nice if somebody would try to restart that initiative. Hint. Hint.