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The following tutorial describes how the new member registration process works, along with step-by-step visual aids. If you are not so computer-savvy and/or are not familiar with online forums, you definitely want to review it before attempting to sign-up. I have gone though the process - step-by-step - to ensure it as easy as possible.
Based on my experience and members' feedback, 99% of sign-up issues are typically related to not following the instructions or not typing something in exactly as it was originally set-up. Missing spaces, extra spaces, or incorrect letter case will cause issues with signing-up.
One other important issue is that you must use the following address to sign-up as a Registered Member. Once registered, you must use this address to log-in and access your personal account:
Note: If [after reading this tutorial] you still cannot sign-up (e.g., you get a message saying you are a "spammer"), please e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Step # 1 Register on the Caught-The-Skunk.com website:
1. Enter your DATE OF BIRTH: Month, Day, Year
2. Read and agree to the SUPPLEMENTAL FORUM RULES and TERMS-OF-USE and click on the box stating that you have read and agree with them.
3. Enter a USERNAME (minimum of 5 characters), PASSWORD, CONFIRM THE PASSWORD by typing it in a second time, E-MAIL ADDRESS, CONFIRM THE E-MAIL ADDRESS by typing it in a second time, and ENTER THE TEXT presented in the reCAPTCHA Image Verification Box.
4. Enter your ZIP CODE, LOCAL COUNTY that you live in, FULL STATE NAME, FAVORITE FISHING LOCATION, and HOW YOU HEARD ABOUT THE WEBSITE (please be specific; e.g., Which Facebook Page? Which fishing flea market? Where online? etc.).
5. If you were REFERRED BY a fishing buddy, enter his/her Caught-The-Skunk.com username (if you do not enter the exact username, you will receive an error "Invalid Referrer Specified"). If you do not know his/her specific username, then put something (e.g., CTS member) in the "HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US" field.
6. Enter your TIME ZONE.
7. Enter your E-MAIL PREFERENCES
8. Click on "Complete Registration"
Step # 2
Receipt of Post-Registration Message
Once your registration information has been submitted, the following message will be displayed on the Caught-The-Skunk.com website page:
You will receive the following automated message via e-mail which states that you must validate your membership:
Subject: Action Required to Activate Membership for Caught-The-Skunk.com
Thank you for registering at the Caught-The-Skunk.com. Before we can activate your account one last step must be taken to complete your registration.
Please note - you must complete this last step to become a registered member. You will only need to visit this URL once to activate your account.
To complete your registration, please visit this URL:
America Online Users Please Visit Here to be Activated
**** Does The Above URL Not Work? ****
If the above URL does not work, please use your Web browser to go to: [website address]
Please be sure not to add extra spaces. You will need to type in your username and activation number on the page that appears when you visit the URL.
Your Username is: [your username]
Your Activation ID is: [a long code made up of letters and numbers]
All the best,
To stop receiving this email, please visit this URL:
Step # 4
Receipt of Post-Validation Message
When you click on the website address link to validate your registration, the following message will be displayed on the Caught-The-Skunk.com website page:
Step # 5
Limited Access Until Membership Approval Very Important: You will not have access to the members-only sections of the website or have the ability to post in the forums until your membership has been approved. This typically takes a day or two. If you attempt to do so prior to approval, you will receive the following message on the Caught-The-Skunk.com website page:
Step # 6
The Administrator receives an e-mail message saying that there is a new member:
There is a new user, [username] at Caught-The-Skunk.com
Step # 7
The Administrator reviews the information provided by the new member and approves (or rejects) the new member.
Step # 8
Upon change of status the [now official] Registered Member will receive the following message via e-mail: