I'm noticing a lot of people listed as having registered with the forum but who have not yet been "approved". I just want to clear up how the process works... to avoid any confusion.
When you register for the forum, it asks you for your email address. And then it sends an automated email to that address, asking you to verify that you just registered with the forum. Once you click on that verification link in the automated email, you are automatically "approved" and your forum registration becomes active.
Therefore, it's vital to supply a valid email address during the registration process. It would be best to use an email account that you can access most of the time. So, for example, I would not use the email address from my "real job"... because I am only there 4 days a week and I don't have access to that email account from home.
Also, if you don't immediately see the automated email from the forum in your inbox... look in your spam folder. And while you're thinking about it... you might want to add firstname.lastname@example.org
to your list of trusted sends in your email program. That way the emails from the forum (which tell you if you have private messages) will reach you without being blocked as spam.
If you've checked your inbox and you've checked your spam folder and you don't have an automated email from the forum asking you to verify your registration... contact me via email at email@example.com
and let me know. I can manually activate your forum registration.
The reason this process is in place is to cut down on bogus forum registrations by automated spam bots. Also, it's helpful to me to have the forum verify that you have given a valid email address... because if I ever have to contact you about anything, I know the email address in the forum's files is a good one to reach you at.