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How to Join Alchemy Forums

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Jan 3, 2009
Please read this entire post before you apply.
Be aware many are denied because their applications clearly show they have not read this post.


Please note: We are only accepting new members if the application indicates potential for valuable contributions. Self-appointed 'gurus' and 'masters' need not apply. Giving a donation does NOT ensure membership.


Before you apply for joining the Forum, please consider the following:

  • If you only intend to read posts/threads - there is no reason to join the Forum, as these are visible to non-members as well. New members who don't post anything for 100 days after joining will be deleted.

  • If you intend to preach 'your way or the highway' - you will not fit in well... All ideas are welcome at Alchemy Forums, as truth is not in the hands of any single person.

However, if you want to actively participate (which means sharing your own thoughts/ideas/experiences, as well as asking questions), then you will have to become a registered member.

To become a Member of Alchemy Forums, all you need to do is:

Make yourself familiar with our Rules & Guidelines and with our Disclaimer, as well as this rule. The Site Related section can also be very useful for tips and for having a better understanding of how things work. Also see GDPR.

2. Click on Register in the top menu bar. You need to be at least 18 years old to join.

3. In the field Why do you want to join Alchemy Forums write about yourself and state the reasons why you want to join (at least 100 words). If you write (for example) "I am interested in alchemy" or "I like alchemy", then you will be denied, as this is not enough. You don't have to be a master alchemist, but we want people with a deeper interest than just shallow curiosity. We would appreciate to hear if you have any particular areas of interest, especially to the extent to which they are relevant to the topics discussed in the forums. Be aware: 9 out of 10 applications are rejected because the reason to join is too short.

Note: Please do NOT include links in your Application, as we we won't click them due to virus risks.
4. Avoid being too cryptic, vague or ambiguous in your application, and if you are approved, as well as in your subsequent posts in the forums. We want to make sure that you are able to contribute to constructive and coherent discussions and that you can write in a way others can understand - as opposed to vague one-sided comments and increasingly common abbreviated text messaging codes and shortcuts.

5. Have at least a half-decent command of the English language (it doesn't have to be 'perfect'), and express yourself clearly (to the best of your ability), doing the best you can to use proper wording, syntax, phrasing, spelling, paragraphs and punctuation.

6. Choose a communication-friendly username, one that doesn't look like a spam-bot or a cloned replicant, without numerical extensions! Please try to pick a username that's human-friendly. As a reference, names like "grandmasteralchemist542" or "bringer_of_truth*NoBS314" are bad username examples and will not be allowed to join. :)

More information on choosing a username:
1. NO usernames with numbers in them, unless it is for a very specific reason. If so, please state the reason for the added numbers. Otherwise, the application will be declined.
2. Chose human-sounding and communication-friendly usernames ONLY. If your chosen username is one that you would be comfortable being addressed with on the street/AFK/IRL, it's probably OK.
3. If your chosen username is comprised of more than one word (i.e. "Lonely Alchemist" or "John Smith" or "Xena The Warrior Princess"), the words MUST have spaces between them (spaces, not underscores).
4. Avoid usernames including grandstanding and pretentious words such as "Lord", "Master", "The Great", "Messenger of God", "Adept", "Speaker of Truth", etc... You get the point...
7. If you want to join Alchemy Forums, it means you want to participate in the discussions and add to the growing database of knowledge and ideas. If you only want to lurk, then you don't need to become a member, as everything can be read without having to log in. You can use the forum's search function even if you are not a member.

8. Another thing to keep in mind, is that this Forum is not a public service (it's privately funded, but we also have occasional and optional donations from our generous Patron Members) - so, as a guest here, you will have to respect and comply with (as opposed to complain about) our very relaxed 'Rules of the House' and administrative decisions.

9. This Forum is not a Private Conversations Service (in case your prime reason for joining is to mainly conduct your affairs in Private Conversations). The Private Conversations feature is just a bonus and an optional addition to public discussions (public discussions from which everyone can benefit, hence the name 'Forum').

10: If you belong in the TL;DR category: No need to apply.

Note: You will have to confirm your email before we can receive your application.

Why do we do it like this?

In order to keep the high quality of posts that we have and to ensure that those who join add to the quality of the Forum.


Approval can take anything from one hour to one week, so please be patient. When you are approved, you will receive an e-mail regarding this. You can then log in to the forums with your username and password.


If you are denied, please don't be upset - it just means that we did not feel you were right for the forums at this time, and we reserve the right to change our minds if you provide us with a good enough reason to do so.

Please note: Due to the high volume of applications, the process may take a while. If you haven't yet received an email regarding your application status, it just means we haven't gotten round to your application yet.

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” — Lao Tzu.

Thank you!
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