TECH WEBSITE: IMDB wants “extra authentication”

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I wanted to ask a question about a movie so I endured the usual signup non-sense. (I use roboform to fill out forms and generate random passwords so it not too onerous.) But then we come to the security question, where I followed my usual policy of not giving them anything useful. “Mother’s maiden name?” “Maiden” “Maiden is the question!” How about “Mai den”. “OK” Argh! I answered their email. And now I am ready to (finally) ask my question. “Extra authentication required” HUH? What! “Give us amazon id, credit card, or sms my cell phone”. HUH? HUH? I don’t think so. Bye.

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4 Responses to TECH WEBSITE: IMDB wants “extra authentication”

  1. Darlyn says:

    I think their “authentication” process is just their way of collecting your credit card (thus your address) and phone numbers in so advertisers can buy it off them. When I read “you need an SMS-capable phone” bells immediately went of in my head. It reeks of third-party information sharing

    Also, IMDB has some serious trust issues with their users. Anything you submit requires a lengthy verification process before it is even posted on the site.

    What we need a wikipedia-like database of all the interesting stuff (goofs, references, trivia)

  2. sairaus says:

    I don’t have a credit card either and I’ve never purchased anything from Amazon, and after this nonsense I propably never will either. And there’s no way in hell I’m giving these rat-bastards my cell number. Die, IMDb, die. Bunch of low life corporate whores. I’ve been posting there for like ten years and now they slam this shit on my face? Damn I’m pissed off.

  3. anon says:

    I went through the same irritating charade. Why don’t they just tell you up front instead of wasting so much time? My problem was that I have no cell phone or credit card, lol. Is there no way around the tripwire?

  4. Rob says:

    It’s true, IMDB is collection credit card numbers to make mass online purchases, running the biggest coverup scam ever recorded.

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