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Having a problem registering? Read Me!

Post by Dan the Damned » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:39 pm

Welcome to The Truth About the Amityville Horror Forum -- the longest-running and arguably the most open-minded Amityville Horror-related forum on the Net! Here are some answers to a few common issues which may arise during your registration process:

Don't ignore the security check!

When you register an account here, you'll see a screen like this:


Please do not ignore the security quiz at the bottom. Yes, we know it looks like an advertisement, but it is not. And you need to answer the quiz questions in order to complete your registration. (If you are using AOL, there's a chance the "security check" quiz might not be seen when registering. If that's the case, please use a stand-alone browser to register instead of the default AOL browser.)


The quiz is easy. It shows you 4 pictures, and underneath each one, you must select the best description for each picture from the 5 options given. Super easy. And we'll give you a gold star when you're done.

Why do we make you take this quiz? Because forums like this one are an open target for "spam bots." These little automated devils crawl the internet to find forums and blogs like this one -- and when they do, they attempt to sign-in and post links to shopping sites and other sorts of spam. These spambots can wreak havoc here, and they clog the forum with so much junk, it becomes difficult to see the real posts amid all the spam. So this is how we keep them out. A few still get in, but this security check keeps most of the spambots outside, clawing at the gates like the mutant zombies they are.

Did you get an error message?

Here is a screen shot of a registration page with an error message:


It is important to distinguish the difference between the error message and the reminder about having a valid email address. This reminder, unfortunately, appears on all pages during the registration process. It is not the error, itself. The actual error message appears just above it:


Those two screen shots show one of the most common errors people get: "One of your responses below was not correct." This is referring to the security quiz at the bottom. You'll get this error if you get a question wrong in the quiz or if you ignore the quiz altogether. The remedy? Try the quiz again. Simple.

Never got your validation email?

Immediately after registering, this board automatically sends you a Validation Email containing a special link (which you must click on in order to activate your new account). If you do not see your Validation Email in your email's Inbox, be sure to check your email's "Bulk Folder" or "Spam Folder" in case it is mistakenly got sent there (likely the case for those with Yahoo email). The return address to look for is this:
And no, that's not Amityville "fag" -- it is FAQ (as in Frequently Asked Questions) -- Amityville FAQ, which is the host of this board.

Forgot your password?

If you have forgotten your password, be sure to use the "Forgot My Password" function in the "Log In" section. You will be sent an automated email with a new temporary password which you can use to log onto the board (one that you can later change in your "Profile" page). If you no longer have the email account listed with us (the one in your profile -- which you probably used to sign up here), then just make a new account using your current email address.

If you really need access to your previous account, then email us and we'll try to figure something out.
We can't guarantee anything, though, as we don't want to risk handing over the reins of someone's account to another person by mistake.

Is your issue not listed here?

If you have any other problems or questions in general, send us an email to:
...and we will be glad to help you resolve the issue. If you already have an account, then please send a Private Message (PM) to one of the admins or moderators listed below (if you do not receive a prompt response, try sending a PM to another admin or moderator, as one of us might be currently unavailable at any given time).

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Re: Having a problem registering? Read Me!

Post by sherbetbizarre » Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:22 pm

Nice work!