If you've ever been a Forum admin, you know there are times when you have to make unilateral decisions for the good of the forum. Someone pays the bills here, and that person can run the board as they see fit. I think Fred's solution is the least intrusive and disruptive thing he can do to maintain the integrity of his forum. I'm happy I didn't need to write an essay, have to be personally vouched in by an existing member, have to register my IP addresses, or jump through fire-ringed hoops to get in here. Take that for what it's worth (which being a newbie to FF I realize isn't much).