The Lounge is rated PG. If you're about to post something you wouldn't want your
kid sister to read then don't post it. No flame wars, no abusive conduct, no programming
questions and please don't post ads.
A lot of your troubles seem to be centred around getting people to register.
Is there a particular reason why you need people to register? I know that I've passed on visiting numerous sites because they demand that I register with them, when all I want to do is look at a few web pages.
Is there something specific that *requires* their being signed in? If not, don't bother with all that cr@p, and spend time on creating content that will make them want to come back.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
I don't mind a few adverts - like this site - but when uBlock says "17 items blocked" and they won't let me see the content without disabling adblock, then my response is FOAD. IAF by preference. I'll disable adblock for a site I like, but I'm not going to assume you're good until I try the goods!
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...