Caravaners Forum & hotmail

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 12:21
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Hi all,
Noticed the post re Caravaners forum (msn group) refusing membership for those using hotmail. I just received an email from Chinese John, (group manager) and his email is

Not sure how all that works??????????

bob k
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Reply By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 12:39

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 12:39
Think it works that when you join you have to register a valid ISP email address other than hotmail or yahoo. Once you are a member you can then use a hotmail account in order to reduce spam on your ISP account.

It is the initial registration idea that I like as it is more of a nuisance for people to change ISP than to just come up with yet another hotmail account. Maybe that is something that would work on this forum as well and rid us of a few drongos, especially during school holidays?

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Follow Up By: Member - Bob K (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 13:09

Sunday, Jan 16, 2005 at 13:09
Thanks Muddy, I'll give it a go with a different address.

bob k
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan - Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 15:04

Monday, Jan 17, 2005 at 15:04
That's correct Muddy.

The sites don't allow the free services like hotmail because there is no record of the users real identity. That means the moron element can cause havoc on a forum with limitless adresses to use. A genuine address will mean that the user has registered details with ISP. It also means the user is unlikely to change the address frequently, thereby making it easier for the site Admin to ban a user if required.

Allowing te subsequent use of a free-service account allows the registered user to avoid spam. Some sites allow you to nominate one of these accounts (that become the "publically" visible email address) along with the valid ISP address at registration.
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