I thought this subject should be mentioned for any guest wanting to/thinking of joining as a canon character who already has a registered account and they are unsorted. You CAN do that. In fact, it would be a good thing if you did because they were just probably hit and run members, or they, the poor dears, are too busy for whatever reason to pay any attention to us xD
When/if you register, you must place a period (.) either in front or behind the account name. Like:
Bob Exampleman. OR
... otherwise, you can't register because the name is taken. But, this is really important, don't make an account if you know that will not put an application up. That makes you just as worse as the others, if not, worse than them. When you register and do not reserve, I'm sorry, but that character is not guaranteed to you. So, you might as well say that you just didn't register at all. If you register, reserve, but don't post an application and the reservation ends, it's over.
Ahem. That's a little cruel. You still can come back and apply as the character, as long as someone doesn't beat you to it. If you can't post an application, but you know, most definitely, that you will, you can ask for an extension. We staff are pretty reasonable people and we know what a pain real life can be, so we will give extensions.
The reason why I made this topic was because I know, me being a member on so many other boards, I never registered as a character that someone had already registered as, despite them having zero posts and grouped with the unsorted accounts. It was just something about that, it made me think: "Oh, they're already taken. Ah well." I want people to know that it doesn't mean that. People have registered with pretty valuable canons that we would like to see active on the board and, while we're still giving them a chance to come back, we also give people the chance to take those characters, meaning those people who registered first just lucked out.
And remember: the application is lengthy. I've seen much, much, MUCH worse, but it takes time -- I should know. So, I always say, write out your application before registering or reserving. Not a week before, but at least a day. It never hurts to get a head start and that assures that you'll have an application up, hopefully, before anyone else. But, that's just probably me. I wasn't born with the creative gene that gets applications done in thirty-forty minutes.