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If you use email that has a junk/spam filter, add notify@birdforum.net to your address book, approved senders, or other whitelist so you'll receive our email.

Fill out the registration forms starting at the Registration page. Pick a unique User Name that will become your forum identity, choosing a username already used will result in registration failure. Using a random jumble of keyboard letters/characters for a username is not ideal.

Provide your real email address and be careful to type is correctly. Do not use a disposable email service; such accounts may be deleted.

Unfortunately, and in common with most internet forums, we do have to protect our site from automated spamming programmes (spambots), so there maybe some security features to prove that you are human.

Look for an activation message in your email inbox. It was sent to the email address you provided. If you don't get the email, see Activation troubleshooting below.

Click the link in the email to activate your Birdforum account. If you are an AOL user or using Email software that doesn't allow external links, please copy and paste the link into your web browser address bar. You should now be able to log into Birdforum.net.

Activation Problems

The following steps should solve any account activation problems.

1: Did you receive the activation email? If so, skip to Step 6.

2: Did you complete all registration web pages? If not, start the registration process again.

3: Has it been less than 15 minutes since you registered? If so, wait for the email in case it simply didn't arrive yet, then return to Step 1.

4: The activation email was sent to you but you didn't receive it. Check if your email program, web-based email service, or ISP has filed the message in another folder or has quarantined it as potential spam. If you find it, click the activation link, then skip to Step 6.

5: Double-check if your email program is set to allow email from notify@birdforum.net If so, skip to Step 10. If not, fix your email settings, then skip to Step 11.

6: Did the activation link in the email work? If so, everything should be fine and you have activated your account.

7: Did you get the error message "We could not activate your account because this web address is not valid"? If not (i.e., you encountered some other type of error), skip to Step 10.

8: Has it been more than 24 hours since you registered? If so, the Activation ID has timed out, so skip to Step 10.

9: Check if your email program wrapped the activation URL onto multiple lines, so that clicking the URL gave you only a partial URL. If so, paste the whole URL together and use it in your web browser. If it works, you have activated your account.

10: Go to the 'Manual Activation Page'. Copy and paste your User Name and Activation ID from the activation email into the web page, and click the button. If it works, you are done.

11: If this is the first time you have reached this step, have another activation email sent to you, with a fresh Activation ID, using the Email Activation Codes page. Fill in the email address that you used to register for Birdforum, click the button, and return to Step 1.

12: Still no joy? use the 'Contact Us Page' to contact the administrators for assistance. Please provide your User Name, the email address you used for registration, and tell us what happened when you followed these steps.



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