With new message board software I can better manage new user registrations and have, at least for the time being, removed the restriction to Gmail users.
GMAIL email addresses ARE NOW ALLOWED when registering for this message board! :
(original topic below no longer applies)
IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ, REGARDING YOUR (?) Gmail account and our message board.
Dear members of our ALL SPAIN Message Board on MadridMan.com:
As of 1 October 2008 I will be banning/freezing all current (and future) accounts on the message board which have a Gmail email address registered on our message board. Please change your email address on our message board to anything else (other than earthlink.net), possibly to a free email account with http://www.Yahoo.com
Why? In the past few months there has been a flood of spammers using Gmail email accounts registering themselves across the internet's message boards. And since I personally, physically approve each and every new registration the task of verifying new accounts has become very time-consuming. Currently I'm receiving at least 20 new registrations daily coming from known spammers - which is more than 90% of the total registrations.
How do I know they're spammers? I'm a member of http://www.stopforumspam.com/
which keeps track of known forum spammers. When a new registration is tendered I run their email address through this website. If they are listed as a known spammer I delete their account. If they pass, I then run their email address through Google. If I find nothing in Google, I run their I.P. address through another website which tells me the I.P. addresses history and origin.
Needless to say, the above is a lot of work. For this reason on October 1st I'm freezing all current accounts using Gmail email addresses and banning all future registrations using the same.
What can you do? Please log-in to the message board, go to your "my profile", and change your email address to some other email account at which you have registered, free or otherwise, as in http://www.Yahoo.com
Thank you all for your understanding. If you have any comments or problems logging into your account please contact me directly or click the "Forgot Password" link in the login page to have your account details sent to you automatically.