Questions about website registration, and Membership of the Liverpool Astronomical Society

  • Why can’t I comment on articles or post to the forum?

    • You must register your account – this is free and only takes a few minutes.
      If you have already registered:

      • if this is the first time you have commented on an article, your comment will be held in a queue for verification – this is to help prevent spam and is nothing personal.
      • If this is NOT the first time you have commented on an article or made a forum post and it still isn’t showing up, there may be a problem with your account. In this case, please contact our website team.
  • Why do I need to register an account to comment and post on the forum?

    • For many years we did not have this requirement, however due to increasing amounts of spam it became necessary.
  • What are the benefits of registering an account on the LAS website?

    • At the present time, simply the commenting and posting privileges mentioned above, plus optional notifications when somebody replies to your comment/forum post.
  • If I register, does that make me a Member of the Liverpool Astronomical Society?

    • No, website¬†registration (which is free) is a separate process from Membership of the Society (which has an annual charge but includes many benefits). Please see our Membership page for details.
  • What are the benefits of joining the Liverpool Astronomical Society, how do I do so and how much does it cost?

  • I’m a Member of the LAS – does that mean I have an account on the website already?

    • No, the processes are not connected on such a level at this point in time. You must¬†register your account yourself for the time being.
  • I’m a Member of the LAS – does registering an account on the LAS website give me any additional features not present to registered non-Members of the LAS?

    • Apart from the normal registered-user privileges of commenting and posting to the forums, no, not at the moment, but it is something we may consider in the future.
  • Does that mean at some point in the future, non-LAS-Members might be locked out of the LAS website unless they join the Society?

    • Absolutely not.
      Any Members-only features would be additional to what is currently available to everybody. For example, online versions of things already available to LAS Members, such as booking observatory time or reserving items from the LAS Library.
      We strive to make astronomy accessible to the general public, and so we would not be removing any features from registered non-Members which they currently have (e.g. news articles, commenting/forum privileges, etc.) – it goes against our principals.