You will notice that you can now read a question, and the answers, even though you are not logged in. We started requiring people to log in about 5 weeks ago, and Google immediately punished us by cutting our traffic by
15%. Our thought was that more
people would sign up, if they had to log in to read the answer. That was true – more people signed up in August than ever before. But was that worth the lost traffic? Tough to say.
For now, our sites are open again. You do not need to log in to read the answers.