First, let me give you some background information. From the past we always had two different usernames&passwords for each individual member. On the frontpage you had to register and on the forums you had to register separately. You had two different user accounts for exactly the same site. The frontpage requested some information and the forum requested other information to create an account
To stop these “double” accounts we have been working on this technically for over a year. First we made sure that nobody could register only one account. We made one single registration process which created an account for both the forum features and the frontpage features. So lately everyone has a good working normal account when signing up. Next step was to let everybody who used mainpage features fill in the extra details for the mainpage as well. Thousands of members have done this to date. However, this was not enough. Since some people only use the forums, these accounts were never transferred to a “full account”. So, now we have to take the final step of making it mandatory, which you see now when you login. This only involves a small number of people who have never used any mainpage features until now.
We need to do this to make sure we only have one single account so we can introduce additional features and clean up all the technical mess which we had by using two different systems
The extra information you have to fill in is very limited and will only be used for your own benefit . You name will be used to address you personally in for example the mailing list. In no way this is publically published. The birthday is used to send you a happy birthday e-mail for example and will not be published without your permission. I absolutely see no harm in these things. If you donâ€™t want to fill it in, please just make up the data for now (yes, we are thinking of making it optional). Alternatively, let me know and I will disable your account if you cannot agree with these terms. However, I assume itâ€™s not going to be a real problem given the fact it only includes a small number of people, almost everybody already has a full account and new people also have the same information.
I can imagine it seems strange at first, and maybe we had to communicate it better :o, but I can assure you that we donâ€™t want to harm you in any way! Please so let me know if you have additional questions.