You have to register if you want to post in the forums. Registration is really simple. I promise I won't add your name to any mailing list. There's a mailing list to TheCatSite.com and I highly recommend this excellent publication
However, you'll have to subscribe to that list from the site itself and not from the forums.
Back to the registration...
You can register by clicking on the little register icon that appears at the top of each page (the one with the letter "i" in a circle). If you try to post and youâ€™re not a registered user, youâ€™ll be taken from that page directly to the registration form.
You can then read the terms of agreement. Basically you need to agree that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, or otherwise violative of any laws and that the owners of TheCatSite.com Forums have the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.
After you hit the "Agree" button, you will get to the registration form. Here you must fill in the following details:
[*]User name - this doesn't have to be your real name. It's going to be the name that you'll be recognized by in the forums. This is the one thing that you won't be able to change later so think well before you choose the name...
[*]Password - you'll need to re-enter the password to make sure there were no typos.
[*]Email address - please use a real email address. This will be the only way for me or for other members to contact you. The system will also use this email address to notify you when someone answers your posts. You can later choose to hide this email from other users if you like. You will need to re-enter the email to make sure there were no typos.
That's it! All you need to do now is hit the submit button in the bottom of the page and you're a member! If your user name is already taken you'll be asked to choose another user name (Note: in that case you will also need to re-enter your password!)
As you can see, the registration form has some optional parts. These are intended to allow other forum members learn something about you and to modify your membership according to your personal preferences. This is what we call your profile.
I suggest you go over these and see what you'd like to change - but you can always access your profile by clicking on the profile icon at the top of the page (that's the one with the little card).
Phew... another long post