I'm not a big fan of Question and Answer websites that block answers in a bid to get more people signing up. The Internet thrives on people who seek answers to the questions they have, and this is one of the founding reasons for the creation of the network. It's a means of communication and sharing, after all! The thing that bugs me the most, though, is that people signed up of their own volition to answer the question. Why should the website try and be the gatekeeper of another person's work?
This ran through my head today as I did a quick Google search for Evernote's competition and spotted a question on Quora which, next to StackOverflow, is one of the most trusted sources of information when it comes to technology-related questions and answers. This is what I saw:
Lots of blurred text. There's even more below the fold. Not every answer is blocked ... just the longer, more detailed ones. It's annoying as heck. That said the fuzziness is, for the most part, a fool's attempt at keeping people from reading the answer. Here is the rest of what Stephen Newton has to say: