Brand new memeber complaining already

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by 8nman, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. 8nman

    8nman Newbie

    First . . . I just completed the registration for this forum and I have to say it really sucked. If I hadn't wanted the information on this sight so much I would have surely bailed out. I am color blind, as are 1 in 20 adult males, and it took a dozen tries to finally find one of those security strings I could see enough of to get through. I wonder how many potential members are lost due to the same frustration. Probably 1 in 20. It does not have to be that difficult to be effective, ya know.

    I bought a used Brinkman Smoke-N-Pit at a yard sale last year and I just built and hung a firebox on the end of it. I have never smoked anything before and am looking forward to a whole new hobby.
  2. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum 8nman. Although I don't have anything to do with the registration here, I'm sorry you had a hard time getting through it. Now that you're in you'll find a wealth of information that is sure to help you become a world class smoker in no time.
  3. smokey paul

    smokey paul Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    WOW as a sr. citizen i can agree on the security strings. I had to do then more than 5 times.
    But now you are in a great area and can learn more about smoking. enjoy and hope the pictures you will see of peeps grilling can show the real food and interest you in going forth in grilling/smoking. welcome
  4. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    8Nman.. I am sorry you had so much trouble. We don't get a lot of folks telling us that they had problems so I do appreciate the feedback. Feedback is what helps us be the best we can be even if it means making some changes.

    Forums are extremely vulnerable to hacks and spammers and unfortunately we do have to find that balance that keeps out the bad guys but lets the good ones in.

    We will definitely look into this problem.

    Oh.. and welcome to the forum and the exciting world of smoking meat[​IMG]
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF. Glad to see you made it in. Sorry for the registration. That may change in the near future.
  6. Welcome to SMF! Sorry to hear about the difficulties, but the boss said he would look into it - and he will!
  7. 5lakes

    5lakes Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Hi and welcome to SMF! Great place, great people!

    I share your frustration with the security thing. I bet I went through at least that many before I got one I could understand. That said, I'm glad I kept trying. I've received tons of help here and hope that as time goes on I can help others as much.

    You will find this to be one of the best places to spend time.[​IMG]
  8. fishwrestler

    fishwrestler Smoking Fanatic Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Welcome to a great place. I had a little trouble registering as I never got my email to activate my account, as soon as I contacted an administrator it was fixed and now I can post pictures and see them :). I am a happy camper thank you everyone here for making this place a great site.
  9. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
  10. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    8nman, Welcome, finally to SMF. That security string is something else, isn't it? Well, now that your feet are in the door, please enjoy your stay & put that Brinkman SNP to use by joining our addiction, er, hobby in smoking meat. You should have the shakes, um, sweats, eh, the urge, ah, the pit up in no time & remember: The only dumb question is the one not asked. There is plenty of information within each of the individual forums here so, you might as well take advantage now that you're in the door. Go forth & smoke. We are glad to have you.
  11. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    8nman, Glad you were able to find a security string that you could read. Like the Boss said himself It's because of the security measures that are in place and the quick reporting of spammers by the members that allow us; the admin and moderators of this forum to delete the spam and give the boot to the spammers that do manage to get in.

    I know that some day down the road you'll appreciate the measures that have been taken to keep spam off this site. Now smoked spam is mighty good and that kind of spam we allow here!

    Enjoy the forums and smoke on!!
  12. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
  13. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    8nman, glad you persisted and got through.

    The registration security string, is common now on almost every forum. If a forum doesn't have such a security measure, then most likely it is a poorly run forum with many spammers or others that will ruin the forum, and possibly other security leaks which could result in loss of personal info. The color and usually a picture behind is there by plan because professional spamming software can't read the color and the pictures behind breakup and confuse the reader.

    Anyway welcome........
  14. matts

    matts Smoking Fanatic

    I have pretty much perfect vision and it still took me a few tries to get past that security. But it is something that needs to be there. Glad your here.
  15. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard as a fellow smoker and coler blind male (red green) I feel your pain maybe Jeff could add a audable <--not sure on spelling option like other websites have. What may help in the meantime is go down to office max and get colored transperencies and place them over your screen when tring to read the letters. I find blue and green help me with red and yellow and orange help me with green. Now for those of you that are not color blind we do see colors I just have a real hard time with shades of red. And most dark greens look black to me as well. Funny thing is I didn't know I was color blind until I joined the Army in 95.
  16. dangermouse

    dangermouse Fire Starter

    Welcome to the forums! I'm sure you'll find that it was worth the struggle.

    Now as for changing the registration procedures, the foolproof way to keep out spammers it to require everyone to smoke some meat, and mail it along with forum info to Jeff for manual data entry and review. hehe.
  17. insight

    insight Meat Mopper

    Example of a failed security string. WELCOME to the forums!
  18. Welcome to SMF... dont let the "misshap" bug you for long... Its a great site full of gret people, great information, and hopefully you will find some great friends!

    Hope you stay on board and see what this place is really all about!
  19. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    I am liking the sound of this[​IMG]
  20. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome, you'll see there is a wealth of information here and the people are wonderful. Sorry to hear about your problem, but you hung in there like a trooper and now you can reap all the benefits of this forum. [​IMG]

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