Thanks. I'm currently working on a new design although have no idea when it'll be done. I mainly wanted to get the site up and running so didnít spend much time on its layout.
I donít see any problem having to login in order to access the downloads (the sites main section) or to add comments to any of the news articles/updates. It only a username, email address and password thatís required. I even setup the new user page so that you can enter a password so you donít have to enter a valid email address. By default it required you to enter a valid email address so a generated password would be emailed to you. I've had a number of bounced emails from people who used user_nospamATdomain.com type addresses which is fine. Also, by having people login it allows me to admin the site better against any abusers (none of which I've had yet thankfully).
If you have a problem with it I'm sorry. Viewing server logs shows that 9 out of 10 visitors didnít have a problem with it as they signed up. Its noted that in order to 'post' to these forums (the main section of this site) I had to signup and login.
Also, you described the Downloads section as being "much hyped"? Could you explain why you thought it so? It truly wasnít my intention to hype anything and would like to know if something needs to be changed. Since this really isnít the place to continue this feel free to email me out of the forums as I'm interested in correcting this if needed. My email is in my profile. Thanks.