Out of curiosity I tried joining your forum. First of all, I note that it is a closed forum: new accounts require moderator approval. I do not approve of that at all; I have no interest in participating in closed forums and am likely to cancel my account as a result. Secondly, I joined last week and I have been waiting for five days now for my account to be approved, which is hardly an encouraging start.
If you are trying to create a welcoming place for beginners then I would suggest that you are falling well short of the mark. Just my opinion, take it for what it’s worth.
Chris Smith <email@example.com>