On the hunt for a good news story, I was clicking around and found a teaser for something interesting. But when I tried to click through, I was directed to a screen asking me to register, free, for content. Normally I don't have a problem registering with an email address or other fast details, but this site wanted much more: gender, year of birth, zip code, job title, company size. . . what? It would be one thing if these fields were optional, but they were required for registration.
Like I said, I'm usually fine with forking over this kind of information (even when there's a challenging security code involved) but this particular instance was off-putting, and I didn't follow through. Do you have any similar dealbreakers when registering to read content, even if it's free?