Why do companies who need a form filling in before you can download anything from their site insist on a Mandatory Field called "Title"
Like I said I don't have a title, only a name.
This gives me two options: 1. don't download or 2. put something in the title field. I ususally put "Sir" or "Lord". Why is it needed?
I have just downloaded a file from Serif who required a Title. What they didn't require was a Christian Name only a Surname, but the email they sent to me with the "Unlock Key" was addressed to "Dear Peter"!!! How did they know????
There are other irrelevances like "age" and "position". What? Why?
There is a story about J Arthur Rank (the real one, not the euphemism) who, when filling in forms always entered "Lord" in the title (as, indeed he was) and "enviable" for his position.
I have a title. It is doctor. That is a real one, not one of the £5 jobbies bought off the net. It has seldom been of any use save for getting hotel rooms in so-called "full" hotels, getting tables in restaurants and seats in theatres. Oh, and getting connected quickly on transferred charge telephone calls.
Regarding pj123's question "How did they know". I think that it was chance. If you were asked for an initial, the two most popular male names beginning with "P" are Peter and Paul. I believe that Peter is the more usual.
Serif might have dumped a cookie when you connected which fed back personal info from your computer.
A program that I use which extracts the causes from inputted advertising emails dumped 19 extracted items from three suppliers yesterday alone. I don't worry about these though, and don't use that program for this purpose, it's just a by product of it's real function, removing malicious code.
If you're interested, the product is Benign, from:-