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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 7:39 am    Post subject: HOW TO REGISTER FOR THIS FORUM Reply with quote

We're glad you decided to become a member of the Lefever Forum. Registration is relatively painless and should take only a couple of minutes. One important step is that YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE APPROPRIATE FIELD OF THE FORM. This is to prevent spammers from joining the site and spoiling it with their solicitations. The forum is currently set up to require an Administrator's approval for each new registration request. The Administrators are real people with real jobs, families, etc. so if you register and can't immediately post to the forum, please be patient, especially on the weekends, because this means that we are out in the field, shooting our Lefevers! REMEMBER, YOU MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS DURING REGISTRATION!

If your user name or website is something suspicious, goofy, or outside of what most would consider related to our sport, you may be deleted. In which case you would need to re-register. We delete spam bots all the time, and can only assume you are one if your registration is as mentioned. If we do screw up and delete you, please email me and I'll fix it. Mention something about Lefevers in your query.

You will need to complete a field that asks for a "confirmation code" when you fill out the registration form. There should be a little box with a shaded background with what appear at first to be squiggles directly above the blank box that you are supposed to type the code into. The "squiggles" are actually numbers and/or letters that are partially obscured and run together. We as humans can distinguish these for what they are, but to a character-recognition piece of software, they make no sense. This is how forum designers try to protect their forums from these "spam-bots" registering and making a mess of things.

Here is a screenshot of the registration page. You can see the confirmation code box at the red arrow:

And here is a detail:

You can see that the code for this registrant would be "gpzo3y" and you would enter that into the blank box. As it says on that line of the registration "The code is case sensitive and a zero has a line through it." I admit that figuring out if a letter is upper case or lower case is not all that clear.

Now, if you've determined that there is absolutely no confirmation code box visible, the problem may lie with your browser settings and/or your security software (or your company's if you are trying this at work - shame on you!) This confirmation code box is actually a java script applet (a small program running within a larger program.) This applet's job is to generate a new random confirmation code for each new registrant. We, as humans, can visually make sense of these partially obscured/deformed letter/number combinations, but an automated character-recognition "spam-bot" cannot (yet!) This prevents these bots from registering at our forum and spewing out spam messages and links.

Some web browsers and security software do not allow java scripts to run by default, since some of these scripts can be malicious. However, if your browser or security software does not allow java scripts to run, you will not be able to see the confirmation code. Temporarily allowing java scripting should enable you to see the confirmation code.

If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, look in your Internet Explorer under "Tools" tab > "Internet Options" > "Advanced" > "Java (Sun)" make sure the "use Java 2 v(your version number) for applet (requires restart" box is checked. This allows java applets to work. This should be similar for older version of Internet Explorer.

If you are using Firefox, look in "Tools" > "Options" > "Content" and make sure that the "Enable Javascript" and "Enable Java" boxes are checked.

For other browsers and security programs you'll have to consult your software documentation to find out how to allow java scripts.

Some members have had the problem of only seeing a red "X" where the confirmation code screen is supposed to be. This has been confirmed at the support site, so it is a known issue, but as of yet I have not heard the reason for it. I have checked the registration screen to our forum on a Dell with Windows XP using the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser, and the Firefox browser, and on a Apple Mac G3 with OS X 3.6 using the Safari browser, the Firefox browser and the Netscape browser. I am able to see the confirmation code screen in all cases. However, there are so many permutations of operating system, hardware, software combinations that it is physically impossible to check them all, which is very frustrating. All I can say is "Keep Trying!"

Also, if you were a member at the old forum, you must RE-REGISTER! You can register your old name and password (if no one has taken them!) but if you have a user name like "Ole Guss" you must enter it in the username box during registration as Ole_Guss, with the underscore between the words. This underscore requirement is for both old and new registrants.

I hope this has helped. We already have quite a few people signed up here, and they report a marked increase in speed. Let me know if you are still having trouble.
-American Double Gunner

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind...Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks." - Thomas Jefferson, 1785
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