It is a well known adage that it takes a lot of cost and effort to attract new customers. This is no different for the independence movement or for any web site supporting this cause.
I was pretty certain that I had been entering the CAPTCHA sequences correctly. Eventually, after several dozen futile attempts, my registration succeeded. This is not an isolated incident; to-day, a friend of mine encountered the same problem on NewsnetScotland.
Sites like NewsnetScotland really need to sharpen their act. Only a fraction of the traffic directed to a web site will be converted to active users. Few people would have persevered that long just to create an account. The first encounter needs to be made as smooth as possible. A user lost through technical stumbling blocks is an opportunity squandered.