Well, it's been a nice break, but now the spammers are back in full force!
There are now sometimes over 70 requests to join the forums per day!! And all of them are bogus requests from spammers!!
So ... effective immediately, here's the NEW WAY TO JOIN these forums:
DO NOT try to register the usual way - it has been disabled.
INSTEAD follow the "Email Me" link on the main website and send me an email via the form on that page.
Please include in your email your chosen username for the forum and a password.
And you must also provide some reason for wanting to join.
So I can filter out the automated requests from spam engines. If you type in a reasonable couple of sentences about why you want to join, then you are probably not a spammer!
I apologize for the inconvenience of this, but it seems to be a reasonable compromise to me, to still allow people to register for the forums, but at the same time keeping the spammers out.
Please also remember that I do go away sometimes, so on those ocassions, it may take a while to get approved. Be patient, please.
Thank you for your cooperation!