I don't like it either just to be clear, I am rather in support of lurkers but certain events in the past may have forced mugenarchive to take this route if anyone can remember the past history which i don't like to bring up (no one likes drama). Having users register and post is a great way to keep tabs on whose doing what and where and does give the admins some level of control over situations that can get out of hand and ruin it for others at the same time.
Also at the end of the day this is their place and they pay for it, for us, mostly, and they put in a ton of work into it so it could be used by us for our enjoyment and for free mostly. Again money is an issue in anything like this.
For me it's an issue to withhold some of that freedom but I'll agree for now simply because this place offers a real treasure that no other place has. For all the links up on other forums they will eventually expire or get taken down because of false copyright claims, etc, ( except for the few privileged ones that can have free hosting by being in the inner circle). At least mugenarchive gives it all to you in one place, regularly updated (thanks to users like you), and is non-bias to its hosting allowing you to put up everything/anything and get anything/everything to. This is the only place that does this and anyone who isn't caught up in mugen politics realizes this plain and simple truth.
not to start anything with any more forums but guild database is missing tons of links except those on it's personal hosting, free4all is missing tons of links, and even various other places who I can't remember right off the bat are also missing links like mugen characters.ucoz i think?
( I'm betting there is also a gigantic irony to when the ones doing all that talk have to come here to get something offline to :P )
So basically only the privileged ones are guaranteed safe as for the rest, even if they are great quality, may be forgotten all together and eventually fade away in time. Again archive is the only one that i know of that can keep it still going and has done so hands down.
I can literally see through the charade of users claiming otherwise because of X reasons simply because the math just doesn't add up, or rather for mugen archive, it absolutely does.
All downloads = mugen downloaders happy.
some downloads = mugen downloaders sad.