Metalunderground.com Relaunches Membership Feature
Like many things here, when I launched the member sign up, it was a quick and dirty job to allow for users to 1) reserve their username and 2) register for a couple of giveaways I had lined up.
Finally, I've completed some of the essential functions that go with a membership site, such as the ability to view and edit user profiles, as well as a "forgot password" and "forgot username" functions.
I have heard the comments about users too lazy to login to comment in the past. I would highly encourage all users with existing accounts to login and update their information. I have some things in store that will make your member accounts more valuable - as was always the intent - and those who have been around here for a very long time may even get some added bonuses. At some point I will also have to "clean up" (i.e. delete) unused accounts, so please go log in to your account today.
One very minor but important addition to profiles is the ability to mark them private. So as to not expose anyone's personal information without their knowledge or consent, all existing profiles have been set to private by default. You can uncheck this box when you edit your profile information. Profiles set to private will not show any personal information, but may show some sorts of site interaction, yet to be determined (such as favorite bands or rated albums, if any).
Currently, registered members get the following benefits when logged in:
- Reserved user name (once registered)
- A profile page
- Slightly fewer ads and no intrusive ads such as popups/unders or interstitials.
- Eligible for members-only contests and giveaways
Some other things planned for registered members (currently unavailable but in the works) include more interactivity such as posting on message boards, rating albums, designating your favorite bands and more.
Finally, to celebrate the occasion, we will be holding a drawing for two lucky winners to win a Metalunderground.com t-shirt. To be eligible, all you have to do is log in and updated your profile (after June 15) and made it public. We will draw the winning names on July 1 and contact them via email (so it's important that your email address is valid and up to date). As a note, it has always been part of our Terms of Service that you are not allowed to have more than one user account, so please do not register additional accounts in an attempt to increase your chances of winning. If discovered, you will be disqualified and all of your accounts will be deleted.
UPDATE: Just to clarify, the winners contacted will have 1 week to reply with their shirt size and full mailing address. If they do not reply within that time, a new winner will be randomly chosen and contacted.
Thanks for your patience on getting these features out after such a long delay.
If you're not already a registered member, you can sign up here - it's quick and free.
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