[development] User registration without email

Jeremy Epstein jazepstein at gmail.com
Wed Jun 7 00:32:01 UTC 2006

There are a lot of Drupal modules that rely on the basic assumption
that all users have an email address. This is mainly an issue with
contrib modules, such as notify, civicrm, simplenews, massmailer, and
ecommerce. But even the core contact module makes this assumption.

Removing the requirement of all users having an email address from
Drupal core would be a big paradigm shift for Drupal, and is something
that should be seriously considered before being implemented as a
patch. Obviously, it's fine to use such a patch yourself, when you
know that your own site has no need for email addresses, and that
email is not available for most of your users. But for most Drupal
sites, this is not the case.


On 6/6/06, Robert Wohleb <rob at techsanctuary.com> wrote:
> I've seen people post patches to past versions of Drupal that allow user
> registration without requiring an email address. I've recently written a
> patch to user.module for 4.7 that does the same.
> The reasoning behind this is due to the application. We are using Drupal
> for an intranet where access to employee information is not possible,
> and email is not allowed. Because of this, users have to register and an
> admin has to approve.
> I have something that works so I don't need to know how to do it. What I
> need to know is if there is a better way and if this has any chance of
> getting in to core. At the moment I just patch user.module. Is it
> possible to do this with a module? If not, is there enough interest to
> get this as a core option? Whare are the core developers' takes on this?
> ~Rob
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