Frequently Asked Questions - Account and Registration
If you just wish to browse the GOTH.NET website and/or forums, no, you do not need to register an account. However if you wish to interact with GOTH.NET more fully, you must register an account. Registration is required to submit content to the website, to join groups (and for private groups, see the group content at all), comment on website content, have your own blog, statuses and relationships, or to post on the forums.
Registration is simple and easy, and only requires you have a working email address.
At the top of the page, under the search box, there is a Login and a Register link. If you click the Register link, and enter the required information (eg. your username and email address), you will begin the registration process. The system will send you an email with a link to complete your registration. You must click this link in order to setup a password for use on the site and activate your account.
With the website relaunch of 2015, we have integrated the GOTH.NET forums and the web site (as much as we can given the differences in the two applications). If you already had a forums account before the relaunch, you do not need to register a new account on the website. Simply login with your forums username and password. If you are having difficulty logging in with your forums username and password, please contact us and we will look into the issue.
If you forget your password, please go to the registration screen (using the Register link under the search box), click on the 'Request new password' tab and follow the directions on screen. If you still cannot create a new password to log into the site, then contact us and we will investigate the issue.
Yes. GOTH.NET stopped accepting new application for webspace and email addresses back in 2007, and over time many of the accounts that had been created had been abandoned. Due to us wanting to integrate all of our services with a common account, we decided not to migrate over the old webspace and email accounts. So if you did not also have a forums account, you will be required to register a new account.
Historically, the forums were more permissive about the characters allowed in a username. Indeed, any valid UTF-8 string was accepted. The website is more restrictive about the format and content of a username.
You must either register a new username on the website (which will then be active on the forums), or contact us and we will rename your user on the forums to a valid username, after which you can login to the website with that username.
Note that if you choose to register a new username, you will not be able to use the same email address as you currently have associated with the existing username (ie. if you wish to use the same email address, you MUST contact us to have that account renamed).