Since we now have more than 1500 members (and are adding more each day) it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to send personal messages and/or emails to those who are not using their real FIRST and LAST name when applying for membership. Up until recently I personally sent emails to those who were attempting to join the Forum, but were registering a fictitious "screen name" as their Username. In the email I would explain why the rules require that prospective members must use their real name for registration and I would offer them the opportunity to re-apply for membership.
However, as time has gone by the number of "fake" accounts being attempted each day by "spammers" has grown to the point that it has become unreasonable for me to continue this courtesy. As a result, I am no longer sending these explanatory emails to the attempted registrant as most of the time the emails bounce anyway indicating a spam or otherwise fake user is involved.
Going forward all IP addresses associated with Usernames that are not in compliance with the Rules of Engagement will be banned from the Forum unless and until the registrant appeals the rejection by email. In this way I will be assured that the owner of that IP address is not a "robotic" account, but belongs to a real human.
Unfortunately this change will, no doubt, result in the inadvertent exclusion of some sincere applicants who will not know why their membership application was rejected unless they bother to read the "START HERE" section of the Forum, which is prominently displayed at the TOP of the page or until they email me for an explanation for the rejection.
I apologize in advance to any who may feel that they were unfairly excluded, but the success of the Forum (meaning the number of new applicants) is growing beyond my ability to automatically extend the personalized tutorial any longer. Anyone who has themselves been--or knows of anyone who has been--rejected (banned) due to an innocuous Username Violation should contact me personally for review of their case.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.