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Cannot log in - not recognized as a user

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Makai Guy

Jun 3, 2004
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Aiken, SC, USA
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Spicebush (Hilton Head Island)
In order to log in to the TUG BBS, you must previously have registered as a user of the BBS. This is NOT the same thing as paying to join TUG.

The BBS runs on stand-alone commercial bulletin board software that has no connection to TUG's membership records. Joining TUG does NOT automatically register you as a BBS user -- you must do this yourself.

Also, joining TUG is not a requirement for becoming a BBS user. BBS registration is free and available to all, whether a TUG member or not.

Until you register as a user of the BBS, the BBS will have no record of you, your user name, or your email address, even if you have joined TUG.

To begin the BBS registration process click the blue "Register" link in the upper right corner of the page.

NOTE: If you already have a paid TUG Membership, when registering as a BBS user we suggest you use the same username and password you use for your TUG Member account. That way, you can use the same login parameters everywhere on TUG.​

If you are a registered user of the bbs, but your username and password are not being recognized, be especially careful when entering your password. Passwords are case sensitive, which means that, in order to be recognized, you must enter the exact combination of upper- and lower-case letters as is found in the password in your profile, with no extraneous spaces at either end.
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Mar 24, 2006
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and please note that Registering your TUGBBS login and password is Step 2 of the TUG membership guide that you are sent when you join TUG.
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