From this observer’s point of view – that of complete ignorance of anything behind the screen – passwords and pay-walls are a pain in the pattootie that requires would-be contributors to accept the put-downs.
Hear what the demands of the fine Indy said to this character:
“Ah ha! Liar! You are not you! No no! Go away! You are a fraud, trying to fool us with your criminal, sneaky, improper asking for access to contribute! Humph!”
Nothing at The Independent literally says anything like that last paragraph, except in effect. But, the little old reader (me) gets so frustrated, he just gives up not only doesn’t contribute but, distracted and frustrated, just about wants to cry because he has forgotten the point or the several good points that he was very much trying to say. It hurts. Poor guy got an old wet sock shoved in his would-have-spoken mouth.
I feel we should remove (as many as we can) obstacles to personal communication. Let us have a fewer rocks in people’s paths. All this means greater efficiency in our shared human society.