I never make an account on any blogs or community websites, but I just had to make an account here to solely express how ridiculous this credit card idea was. Whoever came up with the idea is on drugs. You must have lost thousands of potential downloads and customers, domestically and internationally. I was extremely excited to use your platform, but I ran for the hills when this required credit card information "verification" page appeared.
Going through the comments I see foreign students who already have a difficult enough time getting access to resources like this, classrooms of students who are far too young to even know what a credit card is, and humble educators who want nothing more than to make people's lives better. By keeping this policy in place you are losing customers, losing educators, and losing students.
I've heard nothing but great things from cloud9, but I guess I won't have the chance to see it for myself. And I guess neither will thousands of others who cannot get past your absurd credit card verification. Good luck with your "security", I'm going to go find another cloud IDE. Maybe I will get to use your IDE in the future, because I would really love to. But apparently this problem has been going on for months and you still have changed nothing, so maybe I won't get to use it one day.