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How can members register without an email address?

Unfortunately the email address is used as the “Username”. This encourages members to update their email address when it changes, so that you always have the most up-to-date contact information.

Therefore, it is best if member's without an email address setup a free account with one of the many web-based email services such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.  This allows the member to receive a copy of their email confirmation, along with your regular email communications.

Alternatively, you can ask member’s without a valid email to enter a fake email address using their first & last name and the ending of your own organization's email addresses. For example:

  • Susan Smith => susan.smith@yoursite.org.
  • Rob White => rob.white@yoursite.org.
  • In both cases, replace "@yoursite.org" with the actual ending of your organization's email address.

There are several advantages to using "@yoursite.org" for these email addresses:

  1. Makes it very easy for you to scan your list and see who still has not updated their email address.
  2. If someone registers with these email addresses, their confirmation emails will be sent to your organization's servers (and likely discarded since you do not have valid email addresses for these people).
  3. Finally, confirmation emails will NOT be sent to an email address belonging to someone else (which would be a security breach of a member’s confidential info).

 




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