Registering as a new member on the forum - new requirements

maki
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UPDATE: The forum is currently closed to new members, until I have time to update the backend that runs it. People are still sending in join requests though, so I’ve closed the comments here for now. When the forums re-open, you’ll hear it on the main site. In the meantime, if you want to join a Just Bento community and you’re on Facebook, please consider following the Facebook Page.

If you have tried to register as a new member on the site in the last few weeks, you may have wondered what happened to your application. Well, it probably got buried in a deluge, and I do mean a deluge, of attempted registrations by spammers and other lowlifes of the internet world. With the ever growing popularity of this site, it has gotten to the point where it’s practically impossible to wade through all the chaff to get to the people who genuinely want to register and participate in our forums.

My intention for the forums was never to try to grow the biggest bento-related community online or anything like that. The JustBento forums are, and will remain, a nice, friendly relaxed place to talk amongst like-minded people. While we have two great moderators in Bronwyn and Loretta, most of the back-end parts of this site are still maintained by me, and I’d much rather spend my time dreaming up new bento recipes than fighting off spammers and such.

So, starting today, open registrations for the site and forums are closed. Remember you can still leave comments and reply to forum posts without being registered and logged in. You just can’t start new forum topics, and your comments/replies are held for approval. If you do want to register and participate fully in the forums, here’s what to do:

  • Your desired username - if it’s a short one or a commonly used name or word in English or Japanese, you may want have 2 or 3 options (I think we have several Ichigo variations registered for example).
  • A short paragraph describing yourself, why you’re interested in bentos, and so on.
  • Your email address (Don’t worry, your email address will not be made publicly visible…and we won’t spam you! Remember we’re doing all this to avoid spam! We hate spam, unless it’s on a Spam musubi!)

We’ll review your application as it were, and create a user account for you with a temporary password, and email you with instructions for how to log in.

(Note: If you’ve registered in the last few weeks and you haven’t gotten an email approving your registration yet, please use this method to re-register. Let us know what username you tried to register with and we’ll do our best to retrieve it for you.)

I know this seems like a bother, but it’s really getting to the point where I have to take this step or think about even shutting down the forums — which I definitely do not want to do. So - we’re going to give this a try. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!!

ETA: Some people are leaving general-topic questions under this topic. Don’t do that please. You’ll never get answers for these questions, because this topic is for new forum membership requests only (and don’t get seen by anyone other than forum admins).

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Tasukete
Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

Um... hallo! I've commented on some of your recipes before. :) Thank you for your great advice. I have a question about the site overall. Do you have a way that I can bookmark recipes? And if you do, must I be registered to this site? I wouldn't mind if I had to. I really wanna be able to bookmark recipes so that I don't have to keep searching it on the search box and look for it among the search results. I don't mind having to do that, but I get sad when I forget the name of a certain recipe. If you don't have that sort of application on your site yet, then you can just consider it as suggestion. :)

maki
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Bento-ing from: somewhere › France
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Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

Logged in members can 'favorite' things within the site, but I recommend using a general bookmarking site that you can use all over the internet such as Delicious. I use that myself, but there are many other similar sites. It's a great way of keeping track of favorite recipes and a lot more! This post on Simply Recipes about using Delicious to keep track of recipes is a bit outdated since it was written in 2006, but the principles are still the same. Nowadays the Delicious plugin for Firefox or Internet Explorer makes it even easier to bookmark stuff to save there. Give it a try!

bronwyncarlisle
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Bento-ing from: Dunedin › New Zealand
Joined: 12 Jan 2009
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Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

Evernote is also an excellent way to save things. It has a desktop application where the things you want to save go, plus an online part, plus you can save things like pdfs and pictures. You can save webpages or just parts of them, and it will sync across all the computers you install it on as well as the online bit. Because it saves things to your computer(s) you can still access them when you're not connected to the net.

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Tasukete
Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

Thank you very much to the both of you. ^_^ I'll make sure to use them!

anon.
Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

I'm sorry to hear you got hit by spammers and other idiots. This is a nice website, I do not see what benefit they would get from harassing you.

heidi.
new forum reg rules

Hello Maki & Mods --

Maki, I hope you will VERY soon be released from the medical Dungeon! :-) The one time I was confined in hospital was for a 'wisdom tooth' extraction, and the moment I woke I NEEDED to leave... if your vaunted patience comes to an end, perhaps you'd welcome a SWAT team to the rescue? I'm sure we fans will happily storm the walls! FREE MAKI! FREE MAKI! :-D

Er, this may seem a very odd question, but -- I read the new requirements, but is there some particular way in which the info must be profferred to you? It seemed as if the submission detail part is missing, unless this thread is only announcing new fields to be completed via the registration link... ? I would like to register, obviously! ;-D

thank you all, and best wishes!

maki
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Bento-ing from: somewhere › France
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Re: new forum reg rules

Hi Heidi, and thanks for your good wishes! ^_^ I'm still in hospital but feeling a lot more cheerful, since I have my laptop now and stuff.

For registering, just put your information as a reply to this thread - it won't be visible to the general public, but will be visible to the admins - and you'll be notified when your account is active. (be sure to put a valid email address where the info can be sent). That's it!

kurichan
Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

I've lived in Japan a total of 4 years and hung out with things Japanese for decades. I like Washoku and am happy to have stumbled upon this site today. Here's how I found your site:
For the past few days, maybe to do with the hot weather, I've had a craving for raw cucumber with miso sauce drizzled over it. (Donno why I have this craving, maybe it'll go with all the mugi-cha I've been drinking). Anyhow, I'm trying to find a simple recipe for that miso sauce. I'm guessing it's miso mixed with vinegar and maybe something else? In what proportions? Red miso?

So if I'm a member I'll post this on the forum I'm sure there's a recipe out there but I'm not finding it.
Maybe I should try searching something like "味噌ゾースAND くり” In 日本語?

Thanks in advance.

maki
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Bento-ing from: somewhere › France
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Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

Hi kurichan. I have just added you as a member - you should have gotten the signup info in your email. Welcome to the forums!

Actually anyone can search for recipes, even without being a member. I don't think there is a miso sauce recipe for cucumber up yet though. But now that you are a forum member you can start a topic about it in the appropriate section! (Personally I like to use a specific kind of miso called "moromi miso" with raw cucumber, but it is rather expensive, if it's available at all, outside of Japan.)

tubatime1010
Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

I'd love to become a member of the site!

maki
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Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

Hi tubatime. Please let us know a little bit about yourself. This is just so that we can prevent people from signing up just for the purpose of spamming. Thanks!

Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

Hi

i've just started making bento for me and my husband. He bought me a Japanese cooking class for christmas, as it is some of my favourite cuisine. On my blog is a photo of the first bento I did for my husbands lunch. I found after I had started I didn't leave room for much veg lol, so he just got some chopped radishes to go with it :)

maki
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Bento-ing from: somewhere › France
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Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

Hi fizi, did you want to register for the forums? I'm not quite sure from your message. ^_^;

silverinkedwings
Re: Registering as a new member on the forum - new ...

I found Just Bento while trying to think of a good alternative to eating fast food for lunch. Every time I go to this Japanese restaurant in town, I always order one of the Bento boxes. (I had no idea I could make them!!!) Unlike most food choices I make, I never feel guilty for eating these. The standard Bento at this restaurant is vegetable heavy, including pickled items I didn't think I'd even like. After modelling for nearly 10 yrs I gained some weight when I quit. I'd just hit puberty so that was natural but these past few years the stress of caring for my dying grandfather has led me make poor food choices and that coupled with the stress left me with nearly 15 extra pounds. This year I'm working at a horse stable that specializes in helping the Handicapped and Autistic. I want the kids to see good examples of lunch, not horrible greasy burgers and other foods saturated with fat! These kids copy the behavior they see more often than other children, so if they see good foods being eaten they will want to eat them too. I hope.
I just bought your book, a 2-tier Bento box and my very own rice cooker. Everything should arrive by Monday. I am so excited and just glad to have found this community.
Birdie

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