Re: Password reset
I take full responsibility for this. I'm afraid I had to take the decision very quickly to reset everyone's passwords due to the discovery of serious security issues as described in Tdol's post above. It is obviously never our intention to inconvenience our members, but in this case I had to make a personal judgement what was best for everyone and the site as a whole.
Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP
Due to limitations of both the software and of time, I first had to reset everyone's password which then allowed me to be able to email everyone their new passwords. It is unfortunate, but it takes time to email over 440,000 members - a LOT of time, and sadly some people seem not to have received the email before trying to log in - which is what has caused some confusion. This is why I also placed this post in the announcements area to let everyone know as soon as they entered the forum. You asked why we hadn't contacted you to tell you about this happening before you logged on... well, I hope this shows you that I tried to let you know as soon as possible.
The vast majority of members have not had issues with this process and have been able to log in and continue to use the site perfectly well. I would much rather some people had a few temporary issues logging in, than to find out that there had been a security breach which had exposed our member's personal data and put you at risk. It is our highest priority to make sure that you and others can use this site safely and securely, and it always will be. If this means that I need to take difficult decisions like I did when I reset everyone's passwords then I'm afraid that's what I must do. Our members trust us with their data and expect it to remain safe.