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Chapter 8. Barriers to Entry …Making The... > The Three Kinds of Barriers

The Three Kinds of Barriers

There are probably as many different varieties of barriers to entry as there are communities. Each community comes up with a scheme to let people in or keep people out, overtly or with subtlety. For the purposes of this chapter, I’ve divided them into three types, from low to high: informal, formal, and extreme.

Informal barriers to entry

Informal barriers to entry are the most common on the web. This means that there are no formalized procedures or techniques to keep people out. No logins, no passwords, no guards or gates. So where’s the barrier?


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