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« on: June 17, 2011, 01:51:32 PM »

Welcome to the Navitron Forum the place to discuss all things renewable

Before you can log-in and post messages it is regrettable that due to continual bombardment of the forum from spambots and hackers ALL applications for membership must be manually approved by one of the volunteer Moderators or Admins. This post explains how applications can succeed or why they may fail.

First, please read the Forum Rules at https://www.navitron.org.uk/forum/index.php/topic,16238.0.html

To make our life easier and to ensure that your application is not rejected by accident, you should preferably use a "real" email address from a mainstream ISP. You can always change this to a disposable address after registration. Those registering using disposable email addresses e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, tend to be viewed with suspicion and the application will be rejected if there is any doubt whatsoever.

Applicants can be roughly divided into three categories and it works something like this:

1) If you have a sensible username and email address that appear to link together:
e.g.  Username JoeB   email joe.bloggs2 @ myisp.co.uk
The application will usually be approved without undue delay by the next available operator.

2) Apparently sensible Usernames but from 'freebie' email providers e.g. myname @ gmail.com  or  myname @ hotmail.com  etc.
These get checked with Google and IP searches. If there is any indication that the address or IP has been used for spam purposes, the application will be rejected.

3) Anything with completely random characters or words relating to illegal or solicitous acts, drugs, or from known spambot sources:
e.g.  Username sgdyeytekld      email  gjey4sqsbs @ 123.com   or   getviagra @ aol.com
These will be rejected outright without any checks.

The Forum also operates an automatic ban system for known troublesome IPs, domain names and banned ex-members.


Please allow us 24-48 hours to review your application. To activate your application has been approved you can attempt to log-in using the details you provided - so please type your registration email address correctly!
You must activate your account after approval on first log-in especially likely with (2) above.

For Forum security, where a new account has never been activated by logging-in at least once after account approval, it will be assumed to be no longer required and is likely to be deleted after ONE month.

Please note: We can receive a significant number of spambot applications per day in amongst which may be one or two genuine applicants. Therefore unless you have a genuine ISP or domain address that fits scenario (1) above, there is a high chance that a genuine application may be rejected by accident.

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 02:03:00 PM »

Well said Antman! I field an awful lot of these applications, and we often get quite bolshie "WHY did you reject my application?" emails (by then we know they're probably "kosher"), which means we have to spend some minutes manually registering them an account, and penning an email to tell them we've done so..... often to the likes of "xxyzTR4@hotmail.com, username "megatroll", password "spambot" or similar....... (nothing suspicious there then!) whistlie

So please, bear with us, we do welcome all genuine applications, but if you use a disposable email address, it is highly likely the application will be "problematical" for the reasons Antman has pointed out.

Last but not least, sometimes we get an email asking why "I've heard nothing about my application" - quite often our "verification" email has been swallowed by that person's email spam software, so if you're waiting for a reply, check your "deleted" or "spam" folder...... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2016, 12:07:36 PM »

Update - New member applicants please note:

Due to a suspected hack attack on a moderator, you are reminded that all applications require you to activate your account manually, after approval by a moderator.

Please check back within 48 hours of approval otherwise unactivated accounts using disposable email addresses are liable to be deleted to maintain member security.

Disposable email addresses are now considered high risk and we regret that some genuine applications may fall foul of the "too risky" tests. We highly recommend you use a traceable email address linked to your ISP to minimise this risk.

Antman
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