Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve ranted
I was waiting to register for SLA Annual until today because, silly me, I assumed that a big organization like SLA would take online registrations!! But as it turns out that was a bad assumption. I have to print my registration form, fill it out by hand and then mail or fax it in. In a time when we can buy movie tickets online, book travel online, check in for flights online and book a table at a local restaurant online – shouldn’t we be able to register for conferences online?
Now I have to print this form out – try and write neatly (not something I can’t do easily) and get to the post office before heading off to an event I’m driving to today – all because the envelope has to be post marked by today. Yes, I could fax, but I don’t have a land line – and so I don’t have a fax machine. Yes, I could use an online faxing service, but I have yet to find one with reasonable prices – or that I can use for free – not since drop.io was forced to stop offering their service for free because of stupid spammers.
Okay, rant over. Lesson to be learned? It’s not that hard to offer online registration for your events – so please please please stop making me print out forms!!! At the very least, offer editable PDFs so that we can fill the form in online and then email it to you.
[update 4/9/2009] Okay – so I have been corrected in the comments below. There is an online registration form – but it’s not immediately obvious – at least it wasn’t to me. Read below to see how to access the form. [/update]