Used to be, when you registered on the site, you got an activation e-mail that had to be used to activate a new account. The old system is included below, but no longer valid.
The newest system in place for new registrants is this:
When a new user registers, there are a few auto-filters that check for issues with the new id, including whether the originating IP address is from one of the thousands of spam-related domains, etc.
This new user is considered a "Junior Member", and has a limited private message box size. This is to reduce to possibility of PM-spamming, which we have had issues with on and off over the years, but they are still able to send a PM to a moderator or admin, and receive a PM or two.
This "Junior Member" can post, but their posts are MODERATED, meaning that a moderator or admin has to look at the first post to be sure that the post is not from a spamming ID. This post does not become visible to the forum until it is approved.
The "Junior Member" must make at least one post in an auto-related section, so their total post count is at least 1. See all about post count
One a "Junior Member" has at least one automotive-related post, the system will detect this and usually within 2 hours of the approved post showing, they will be auto-upgraded to a normal "Member", with a more normal sized PM box, and the ability to post without having to be moderated.
This system seems to be the most effective for near-elimination of spamming. It is also somewhat moderator-labor intensive, so please have patience. Please be sure to post in an AUTOMOTIVE-related forum or thread. Posting in off-topic sections will not result in a post that counts.
Thanks, hope that is clear.
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|This information is old, but left for posterity - a new system is installed per the description above.|
When you register, you will be sent an e-mail to activate your account, called a validation e-mail. You must use the link in that e-mail to activate/validate your ID to make sure you have used a valid e-mail address when you registered.
You will not be able to post until you activate your account.
MANY TIMES, this e-mail gets picked up by the spam filter on several e-mail services.
When this happens, depending on whose e-mail service you use, you may never see this e-mail. Most junk filters dump "junk" e-mail in a few days to a week. Also, the activation e-mail is only active for a certain period of time.
If you think you haven't recieved your activation e-mail:
CHECK YOUR JUNK FOLDER!
In nearly every case so far, this has been the solution to the new user's problems.
If you have difficulty, feel free to PM any/all of the mods to get assistance. We are not on 100% of the time, so please be patient, and we will try to get to you as soon as is feasible.
If you've registered, but it's been more than a few weeks since registering and you haven't seen an activation e-mail,
If you have confirmed your e-mail address is valid, and are ready for me to re-send you your activation code e-mail (i.e. WATCHING YOUR JUNK FOLDER), PM me: