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Forum Registration - step by step guide

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sun May 24, 2009 7:43 pm

Anyone can read the BirdingNZ.net forums. You'll know this already if you are reading this and haven't yet registered. However, in order to start new topics, reply to others, use the search function and a whole lot more, you'll need to register. This is a fairly quick and painless procedure, but it goes a long way to help stop automated bots from filling the boards with rubbish. Some people might still find the registration process a bit intimidating, so I'll walk through the process:
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Re: Forum Registration - step by step guide

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sun May 24, 2009 7:51 pm

Step 1 - Register

Click on one of the two "Register" links, it doesn't matter which, they both do the same thing:

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Re: Forum Registration - step by step guide

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sun May 24, 2009 8:24 pm

Step 2 - Accept the rules

We have some rules, like every other online community. Nothing too onerous. Read them and click the "I agree to these terms" button:

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Re: Forum Registration - step by step guide

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sun May 24, 2009 8:43 pm

Step 3 - Account details

    1. Enter a username. This is the name that will be displayed in the forums. It might be your real name (my preference) or anything else you like. You cannot change it later
    2. Enter your email address. This must be a real email account that you use. You need to confirm the email address in the next box to ensure there are no typos
    3. Enter a password. The more complex the password, the more secure your account will be. You can use upper and lower case letters, numbers, and some special characters. Best to use something you can remember. Confirm the password in the next box.
    4. Answer the anti-spam question. The question may differ from that shown below.

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An email will now be sent to the address you entered on the last page. Go and look for it, it should only be a minute. If it doesn't arrive, check any spam filters that might prevent delivery:

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Re: Forum Registration - step by step guide

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sun May 24, 2009 9:08 pm

Step 4 - Confirmation email

Open the email message and click on the link as instructed:

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Note: If you do not click on this link to activate your account within 24 hours, your inactive account may be deleted. You will then need to start again at step1.
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Re: Forum Registration - step by step guide

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sun May 24, 2009 9:26 pm

Step 5 - Log-in

That's about it. Now when you visit the forum pages, enter your username and password. Click in the tick box if you want to be logged in automatically whenever you return (not a good idea on a shared machine, e.g. an internet cafe). Click on the "Login" button:

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Re: Forum Registration - step by step guide

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sat May 30, 2009 12:17 pm

If the automatic login doesn't work when you return later, you probably don't have cookies turned on in your browser, or the stored cookie might be corrupt. Try clicking the "Delete all board cookies" link near the bottom left of the forum page and check that your web browser is set to allow cookies.
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Re: Forum Registration - step by step guide

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:15 pm

If you have trouble registering, feel free to contact me and I'll do what I can to help.
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Re: Forum Registration - A note for Telecom Xtra customers

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:07 am

If the registration confirmation email doesn't arrive (usually within a few minutes) and you are using an Xtra email address please do the following, taken from Telecom's help pages. Doing this will not only fix your problem, but will help train Xtra's spam filters so other members are spared the hassle. At this time, xtra seems to be particularly overzealous with spam filtering:



Please note you will need to follow these instructions using webmail. You cannot fix spam issues using the below instructions if you are exclusively using a POP3 client such as Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook.

First you need to check which webmail view you are using. To tell the difference between the two views, have a look at the Yahoo!Xtra logo in the top left hand corner. If the word 'Beta' appears next to the logo you are using the Enhanced view. If there is no 'Beta' then it is classic view. Please follow the correct instructions listed for each view.

Pro Mail Enhanced View

  • Login to Yahoo!Xtra Pro Mail by going to http://www.xtramail.co.nz and selecting the 'Yahoo!Xtra Pro Mail' link, then entering your full email address and password.
  • Click on the 'Spam' folder on the left hand side.
  • If you find legitimate email in the Spam folder, highlight the email by clicking the check box on the left hand side of the message. Then click the 'Not Spam' button on the toolbar.
  • The email will move to the Inbox.
  • Now you should add this email to the contact list. You can do this by right clicking on the email and then click 'Add sender to Contacts'.
  • An 'Add contact box' will appear. Just click on the 'Save' button.
  • The new contact will be added to the contacts list.
No further email from that sender should appear in the Spam folder.

Classic View

  • Login to Yahoo!Xtra Pro Mail by going to http://www.xtramail.co.nz and selecting the 'Yahoo!Xtra Pro Mail' link, then entering your full email address and password.
  • Click on the 'Bulk' folder on the left hand side.
  • If you find legitimate email in the Spam folder, highlight the email by clicking the check box on the left hand side of the message. Then click the drop down arrow icon on the 'Move...' button and select 'Inbox'.
  • The email will move to the Inbox.
  • You should now open the email by clicking on the subject of the email. Now add this sender to the contact list by clicking on 'Add to Address Book' next to the From: field
  • You will be prompted to add the contact to the address book. Simply click on 'Add to Address Book' at the top.
  • The new contact will be added to the contacts list.
No further email from that sender should appear in the Spam folder.

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