I have decided to gate one area, I want to -- which is the most popular and fun. Just giving a small tease. Which can not be crawled anyways yet b/c it is heavy ajax.
People don't register b/c there is no compelling reason they know of clearly, unless they want to participate in forum or give a business review.
The VIP area is a real legitimate value for people who are logged in -- either to buy, or earn by points. I am moving the landing sales page for that into closer proximity to where the action is in I want to, making links to it. It will show as part of a natural process of going to the gated area with the limited participation.
Register is 2 step. Name, email password- email sent to verify.
So back to the original question, but I don't see it done too much, is gated forum?