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Questions and answers regarding messageboard registration.

A word about registration and e-mail addresses

The only thing required for registration is a valid, working e-mail address. The forums will use this address to send you a validation link to visit. Without that link it is impossible to log in and use your new account.
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You needn't register to browse the forums. All but the Moderator's Holdover is visible and readable by guests. If you choose to register, that's great! Meet the gang. :) If not, just poke around, no harm done..
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There has been trouble in the past with fsnet.co.uk with freeserve.co.uk due to their implementation of spam protection. AOL has presented challenges as well with their spam blockers being determined by false spam reports their users have sent in. From time to time the hosting company hosting the site has been blocked due to false reports, and when that happens, nothing gets through from here.

NOTE: Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, Outlook, or other services that offer free "easily disposable" email accounts are not allowed! Far too many spammers are using them to spam the board.

"So what email addresses can I use?"

Our suggestion here is use the email address your ISP gave you, an account from your own domain (yourmail@yourdomain.com), business email address, or a Windows Live account as Microsoft has very strict ant-spam policies in place.

Be sure to mark mail from the forums as "Not Spam" so you won't have to dig through the bulk/junk folder for your forum notices (set in your preferences and when you post to topics. We will NEVER send you unsolicited or unnecessary emails! Ever.

We will NEVER give your email address away. EVER. We hate spam as much as anyone else and feel spammers are the scum of the earth. You receive only notifications to posts you are following, and this can be changed in your profile preferences.

It may seem a bit hypocritical that we use Gmail, but Gmail's spam filtering allows us to put our effort into helping rather than sorting through hundreds of spam emails a day. Unlike spammers, our use of Gmail is for valid reasons. It's aggravating we cannot allow our users the same but thanks to these scum bags we are forced to.

You must use the validation link you are sent via email and post within one hour of registration. It sounds odd but all forums suffer spambot registrations and we regularly clean out the unvalidated or zero (0) post accounts several times a day. This also eliminates "sleeper" spam accounts that are validated by a human spammer but left for a period of time before spamming the forums in order to slip past our watchful eye. Not happening. We have a zero tolerance for spam, and we feel there is absolutely no reason our members in good standing should have to suffer weeding through spam posts to find legitimate posts.

"So What's this Registering Thing?"

Although anyone visiting the board is able to browse the board, only registered users are allowed post messages or create topics. For the most part this was done to help prevent abuse of the board.  Also, when you log in, the board knows the last time you were logged on and indicates areas that have new messages you have not read. The board uses cookies to do this, so be sure to have cookies turned on, and if you use a WWW firewall or filter such as AdSubtract, be sure to allow cookies from here. As a registered user you can opt to have the board e-mail you when someone responds to a topic (thread) you've created or participated in. Privacy or security minded? We'll cover that in a minute.

"So why should I register?"

You don't have to register if you're just interested in browsing and reading posts. Nothing is hidded from guests other than the areas meant for Moderators and Admins. Registering not only allows visitors to post messages, it also protects your identity once you register. If anyone visiting could post messages, what's to keep some joker from posting a rude, vulgar, defamatory, or otherwise offensive message and then fading untraceably into cyberspace? You can always browse the messages as Guest, but you cannot post messages until you register. Once you register, you can create new topics and reply to messages. Once you have registered, NO ONE can post using your login or handle but YOU! No forums are restricted to registered users. You need only register if you intent to post anything. Simple, eh?

"Okay, I've registered and you have my info. Are you going to sell it?
Simply put, NO WAY!

We cannot stand SPAM, and we have no respect for spyware or sites that glean information for monetary gain! The information you provide when you register stays here. The profile you create stays here. Only the Admin and you have the power to change anything in it. We do not require anything other than a valid e-mail address, and the rest is entirely optional. Leave the rest blank if you prefer. The e-mail address you provide remains a part of your profile only. We do not compile data, nor do we release it to anyone.

The ONLY time we would begrudgingly release any information is if it were DEMANDED under penalty of incarceration by a valid government investigative body and ONLY when served with a validated document such as a subpoena or warrant. Although the events of September 11th, 2001 have placed even more pressure on the already strained definition of "privacy", we don't particularly care for the idea others may be monitoring our personal communications. Personal Privacy is irrevocable right. We take our privacy very seriously, and we treat yours with the same respect!

If you are having problems registering or there are issues with your account contact the Forums Admin and we'll do our best to help.

Welcome!
Enjoy your visit here, and by all means, participate!
You can only stand to benefit from it!
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