I have asked for a change in the procedure, due to the floods of spammers trying to get into the forum. There has been a glitch in the system with verification emails, possibly due to the large number of spammers trying to set up user names, but not willing to put in a valid email address and then verifying that it is really a person wanting to post on the forum. To put this into perspective, less than one percent of the user requests are actually people interested in astronomy. The rest are people wanting to put an advertisement of some sort on the board. Some are legal sales and some are not. This forum is not intended to be an advertising mechanism for any business.
The change I asked for is that a verifying email not be sent out, and I would get on that section of the software and verify the applicant from this end. At that time, I also set up the account such that initial posting is reviewed and approved by a moderator or administrator before it is actually allowed on the board. This has been done to keep spammers off the forum as much as possible, without jamming the application system for real astronomy people that would like membership on the forum. After a few posts, and the new poster is entering real astronomy related opinions, questions, etc., then the preview requirement will be removed.
It is my intention to verify new members within a day, two at the very longest....barring unforeseen circumstances. At the present time, I am watching the board twice each day. Same thing for any post a new person wants to put on the board. I know this will be a bit frustrating during that first few posts for new people, but please be patient. The intent is to keep things off the forum that should not be there, but not completely restrict access to people with a real interest in astronomy. Once we know that a person is really interested in astronomy, then all the restraints come off and you will be able to post immediately.