With the increase inregistrations since release I’ve been getting more and more emails regaring banned email addresses and it was only today I realised the error message people received is a little misleading. It simply said that ‘your email address is banned’. It is not your email account specifically that is ‘banned’, it’s the domain. Hotmail, gmail and live email domains were blocked from registration on the forums because the vast majority of spammers/scammers seem to be on those domains and we were also getting a lot of bounces back from those providers, thousands in fact.
For some reason some mails are received fine, but more don’t make it than do. This of course means people never receive their activation mails. This is a problem with the above providers, not ourselves, and while we have tried to get this rectified from our end, there is no movement from any of the above. If users feel annoyed at this then they need to contact the above explaining their issue. We have done all we can with it.
I’ve changed the forum error message today to reflect the real reason. So, if you registered before and were left thinking you personally had been banned, you weren’t. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
UPDATE: We have unblocked those email domains now but added a notice to the registration page to be clear that only a few of the activations emails make it through to those domains and any that don’t we are unable to help you with.
For the people in the comments below who were eager to register today but were concerned they couldn’t because of their email addresses, you can try now.