A lot of the structure for the main Cronote site came from Joshua Porter’s book, Designing for the Social Web. His work highlights the importance of a user’s initial experience. He points out that being able to try a service without a commitment assures potential users of the quality and reliably of the service. We agreed with this assessment, and added the ability to send an anonymous cronote right from our main site.
Of course, we’re concerned about robots (aka spam bots) scheduling cronotes. We’re taking measures to block spammers, as well as developing a “do not cronote” list for users who do not wish to receive anonymous cronotes (or cronotes at all).