I dislike the idea. Very much so, in fact.
Terrible idea, see no benefits at all!
~~ He flung himself upon his camel and rode madly off in all directions ~~
So, I was just reading this thread. The thing was that the user in question couldn't activate his *legally* purchased CD key. Now, because he couldn't do that and wanted tech support from the forums, all he had to do was register and ask.
If this system was implemented, that user couldn't register, couldn't ask and would get nothing and probably be deterred from ever buying another Arma game, considering it a waste of money.
Well I disagree with this. One of the things I use to do before buying a game (and I did before buying A2 or Arrowhead) is peek through the sections of the official forum reading how buggy it is (looking in tech support) or cheking if there are nice mods avaiable.
One of the things that decided me to buy A2 was seeing all the mods created just a week after release. On the other hand, i'm planning to buy, for example, paradox's HOI3, but as i cant see avaiable mods nor look at tech forums (i have heard bad things about their paid parches but i cant confirm nor deny them), i'm restraining for it.
TL;DR : No to restrictions, seriously.
Seriously. Aside from stroking your (Orginal Poster's) ego what on earth would it accomplish? Its not like ARMA2 is plagued by 12 year olds that go trolling on the forums.
If the argument is to keep threads of higher quality the solution is equally obvious. Only allow registered CD-key holders to POST on certain forums-- but everyone to READ them.
- The whole forums remain readable to all.
- Parts of the forum can only be posted in by registered customers.
- The rest of the forum remains open for posting by anyone.
Making the whole forum private and exclusive to customers would indeed be stupid.
BIS could also establish + enforce stricter rules and increase moderator care/service... Just an idea that works without too much trouble and is easier to maintain.